The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
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John Huston's 1948 treasure-hunt classic begins as drifter Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), down and out in Tampico, Mexico, impulsively spends his last bit of dough on a lottery ticket. Later on, Dobbs and fellow indigent Curtin (Tim Holt) seek shelter in a cheap flophouse and meet Howard (Walter Huston), a toothless, garrulous old coot who regales them with stories about prospecting for gold. Forcibly collecting their pay from their shifty boss, Dobbs and Curtin combine this money with Dobbs's unexpected windfall from a lottery ticket and, together with Howard, buy the tools for a… More

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"Treasure of Sierra Madre is one of the best things Hollywood has done since it learned to talk; and the movie can take a place, without blushing, among the best ever made."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"an unconventional western and a serious drama"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Transcends the medium to become a mandatory viewing experience for anyone that identifies themselves as a human being, period."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"Humphrey Bogart's maniacal Fred Dobbs is one of moviedom's great characterizations, a conglomeration of cunning, greed and paranoia."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"John Huston has rarely been in better form than in this 1948 study of gold fever and worse obsessions among an unlikely trio of prospectors..."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Greed, a despicable passion out of which other base ferments may spawn, is seldom treated in the movies with the frank and ironic contempt that is vividly manifested toward it in Treasure of Sierra Madre."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"This is one of the most visually alive and beautiful movies I have ever seen; there is a wonderful flow of fresh air, light, vigor, and liberty through every shot."
‑ James Agee, The Nation
"Humphrey Bogart gives one of his best performances in John Huston's chronicle of greed and crime, for which Walter Huston (John's son) won the Supporting Oscar; years later Jonn's daughter won the Oscar."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Huston must have thrown everything he had into this impossibly rich film, packed with grit, passion, adventure and heartbreak."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"There's a quite enjoyable yarn buried under the hollow laughter."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"The characters here are probed and thoroughly penetrated, not through psychoanalysis but through a crucible of human conflict, action, gesture and expressive facial tones."
‑ Herb Schoenfeld, Variety
"A finely-crafted western-style character drama where greed and paranoia drive desperate men over the edge."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"an all-time masterpiece of characterization, structure, pacing and storytelling in general"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"A powerful morality tale whose humour is as black as the heart of its central character, but as humane as the men who survive their brush with greed."
‑ , Film4
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