The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Reviews

  • Aug 20, 2020

    A fascinating film of the 1940s, this 1948 classic stars Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston at their finest. John Huston does his direction at the purest of his films. A darkly charming tale, nostalgic fans will find no trouble in watching this timeless film.

    A fascinating film of the 1940s, this 1948 classic stars Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston at their finest. John Huston does his direction at the purest of his films. A darkly charming tale, nostalgic fans will find no trouble in watching this timeless film.

  • Jul 22, 2020

    A downer with no one to root for.

    A downer with no one to root for.

  • Jul 04, 2020

    A methodically paced exploration of greed, paranoia, and loyalty that sees stirring character development and a surprisingly dark turn even for Bogart, who is famed for his takes on the flawed protagonist. Perhaps a bit overt at times, such as the recitation of Cody's comically heavy-handed letter, but overall a far more profound film than befits the postwar era, particularly the western (even if it lacks most of the elements of that genre). A great commitment to the landscape shots as well, novel for the period. The breakdown of trust among the group in particular has been often imitated in later works. (4.5/5)

    A methodically paced exploration of greed, paranoia, and loyalty that sees stirring character development and a surprisingly dark turn even for Bogart, who is famed for his takes on the flawed protagonist. Perhaps a bit overt at times, such as the recitation of Cody's comically heavy-handed letter, but overall a far more profound film than befits the postwar era, particularly the western (even if it lacks most of the elements of that genre). A great commitment to the landscape shots as well, novel for the period. The breakdown of trust among the group in particular has been often imitated in later works. (4.5/5)

  • Jun 11, 2020

    AFI 100 Greatest Films - #30: An exploration of greed, and what it can do to man's psyche, in which Huston expertly uses the surrounding scenery, along with his father, to produce one of the most memorable adventure films of all time. Bogart is great but it is the elder Huston that stood out here among the cast. 8.5/10

    AFI 100 Greatest Films - #30: An exploration of greed, and what it can do to man's psyche, in which Huston expertly uses the surrounding scenery, along with his father, to produce one of the most memorable adventure films of all time. Bogart is great but it is the elder Huston that stood out here among the cast. 8.5/10

  • May 21, 2020

    I think The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a masterpiece and probably the best film of that year. (1948)

    I think The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a masterpiece and probably the best film of that year. (1948)

  • Apr 01, 2020

    Watching older movies takes patience...let the movie develop. This one is no exception. Real slow at first then it picked up. Watching Bogart morph is terrific. Too bad he did not even get an Oscar nomination. The violence in the movie was even more jarring than what is typically filmed because it was never shown! Kind of like The Untouchables when Capone clobbered that guy at the table with a baseball bat. Same thing this time...you only saw the action...not the blows. Well, except the fight scene...that was brutal. Great interplay between the three main actors. If you noticed, the clothes they wore got worse and worse as the movie went on. Not so much with Howard. He knew how to survive. Decent ending.

    Watching older movies takes patience...let the movie develop. This one is no exception. Real slow at first then it picked up. Watching Bogart morph is terrific. Too bad he did not even get an Oscar nomination. The violence in the movie was even more jarring than what is typically filmed because it was never shown! Kind of like The Untouchables when Capone clobbered that guy at the table with a baseball bat. Same thing this time...you only saw the action...not the blows. Well, except the fight scene...that was brutal. Great interplay between the three main actors. If you noticed, the clothes they wore got worse and worse as the movie went on. Not so much with Howard. He knew how to survive. Decent ending.

  • Feb 27, 2020

    A masterpiece of a film

    A masterpiece of a film

  • Jan 12, 2020

    Super character examinations under real duress. Wanna watch somebody completely lose their mind?

    Super character examinations under real duress. Wanna watch somebody completely lose their mind?

  • Jan 05, 2020

    I went a lifetime without ever seeing this film, despite its reputation. It was worth the wait. It's an intense story of greed and human frailty, acted out by a great and tragic Humphrey Bogart and a wise, quietly magisterial Walter Huston. Bogart's descent into madness is captivating, but the Huston performance is even better. It is a seemingly natural, instinctive character for Huston, so well does he play it, and one of deep goodness and wisdom, in a tough and pragmatic body. This is a brilliantly written story, brilliantly directed to recall Westerns and Greek tragedy and Shakespeare, all at once.

    I went a lifetime without ever seeing this film, despite its reputation. It was worth the wait. It's an intense story of greed and human frailty, acted out by a great and tragic Humphrey Bogart and a wise, quietly magisterial Walter Huston. Bogart's descent into madness is captivating, but the Huston performance is even better. It is a seemingly natural, instinctive character for Huston, so well does he play it, and one of deep goodness and wisdom, in a tough and pragmatic body. This is a brilliantly written story, brilliantly directed to recall Westerns and Greek tragedy and Shakespeare, all at once.

  • Dec 02, 2019

    Finally saw it. Great movie. Can't believe I've never watched a minute of this movie until late nite tv 11.30.2019 .

    Finally saw it. Great movie. Can't believe I've never watched a minute of this movie until late nite tv 11.30.2019 .