The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Release Date: 1948

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

In this classic adventure film, two rough-and-tumble wanderers, Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt), meet up with a veteran prospector, Howard (Walter Huston), in Mexico and head into the Sierra Madre mountains to find gold. Although they discover treasure, they also find plenty of trouble, not only from ruthless bandits lurking in the dangerous Mexican wilderness but from their own insecurities and greed, which threaten to bring conflict at any moment.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane, Alfonso Bedoya

Director: John Huston

Genres: Western , Drama , Adventure

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: Rivalry, Tense, Quest, Police officer, Gritty, Competition, Engaging, Survival

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The movie has never really been about gold but about character, and Bogart fearlessly makes Fred C. Dobbs into a pathetic, frightened, selfish man -- so sick we would be tempted to pity him, if he were not so undeserving of pity. show more

  • 60
    Time Out

    Outrageously Oscar-seeking performances like actor Huston's, coupled with director Huston's comparative conviction with action sequences, work against any yearning for significance. There's a quite enjoyable yarn buried under the hollow laughter. show more

  • 100
    David ParkinsonEmpire

    Like "The Searchers", this is so brilliant that the only real effect of the other versions is to make you want to watch the original again. show more

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British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1950)