The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Consensus: Remade but never duplicated, this darkly humorous morality tale represents John Huston at his finest.

TIME Magazine

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago 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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Bogart is phenomenal as Fred C. Dobbs, a decent guy destroyed by his lust for gold, and the film itself is one of the immortals of cinema.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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...

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

an unconventional western and a serious drama

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

There's a quite enjoyable yarn buried under the hollow laughter.

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Herb Schoenfeld
Variety

The characters here are probed and thoroughly penetrated, not through psychoanalysis but through a crucible of human conflict, action, gesture and expressive facial tones.

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James Agee
The Nation

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Walter Huston steals the scene and deserved the Oscar he won, but Bogart was unfairly not even nominated for his phenomenal performance in this classic that is… More
Tony Gandía
Watch John Huston's masterpiece "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" and recognize so many areas of brilliance that later inspired a multitude of… More
xGary Xx
Two down at heel Americans stranded in the backwaters of Mexico use the last of their money to go searching for gold in the company of grizzled old prospector… More
Jonathan Hutchings
Having had his day as an idolized star and romantic leading man, Humphrey Bogart came to a crossroads in his career and decided to get down to the serious… More
Kase Vollebregt
A classic tale of greed and gold, John Huston proves to be at the top of his form with 'Treasure of the Sierra Madre'. Thanks largely to the great… More
Bathsheba Monk
Seeing this movie in 2012 makes me, perhaps, a little more critical than I would have been 60 years ago or whenever it was made. And maybe it was a pioneering… More