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Deviating from his tough guy matinee idol image, Humphrey Bogart gives one of his best performances as the selfish scheming Fred Dobbs...his portrayal is the perfect counterpoint to the carefree spirit of Walter Huston's character...great contrast...caught in the middle is Curtin, played par excellence by Tim Holt...directed to near perfection by John Huston (that must have been a fun set, with John, a noted hothead, directing his father)...not the first time he appeared in one of John's movies, btw...that would be as a cameo in John's directorial debut, which also starred Bogart..."The Maltese Falcon"...(Walter is the dying sea captain that staggers into Sam Spade's office, carrying the "dingus")...great movie, iconic dialogue (We don' have no steenking badges)...a grand story from when Hollywood made real movies that told stories...
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020
There are plenty of readers, critics and uninformed folks who think they are capable of reviewing this classic. What ends up in print is how they felt about the movie. And who really cares what a stranger felt about a production that was intended to entertain millions, one at a time? What's important is how you felt.
Let me just simply say, this is one you should see. Then draw your own conclusions and share them if you wish. But in the great scheme of things, this movie and its theme is far greater and deeper than most mortals will ever completely appreciate and ever completely understand. Its message is as mysterious as its author and origins which was reported to date back to Chaucer's Canteberry Tales. To date we have the name of the author but no one knows who he was. A real mystery.
I will have to add that I don't think this is Bogart's best acting. His lines seemed a bit forced. And every time he fired his six shooter, which was often, it appeared as if he was throwing the pistol at the intended target and not just firing the pistol. All the actors smoked liked fiends I'm surprised they didn't die from the " Big C" before ever finishing the film. Rick in Casablanca was handsome, smooth, debonair and mysterious. In Sierra, Bogart was dirty, tired and sometimes seemed to be too busy to be bothered with the details of the film. The fact that this film lacked the beauty of Ingrid Bergman is an understatement. I rate Casablanca and Maltese Falcon better than this film which still rates a 5+++++. That's what happens when all your work is exceptional. Live with it.
See and hear for yourself is my review of this work of art. This is a classic. Who should ever care what I think about this movie anyway? I 'm more interested in you seeing and enjoying it in your own time and way.
Bogart plays a seedy loser driven mad by greed for gold. Bumming for money in Tampico, Mexico, Bogart and a younger man are persuaded by an old timer to combine forces to look for gold in the mountains. Everything is fine until they find gold in a mountain and start pick ax mining for gold. The more gold they dig out, the more greed takes over and each man is worried the other will steal it while they sleep. Bogart especially. becomes more and more paranoid and consumed with greed. He ends up with all the gold but goes mad trying to get it down the mountain. A lot of twists toward the end when the old timer and the young guy find the donkeys, but no gold.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) is another John Huston masterpiece that incidentally stars his father, Walter. Of course, Humphrey Bogart anchors the cast, bringing his vintage high energy, fast talking persona to this black and white film that centers around searching for gold. I give Huston credit for shooting this film in black and white; the inclination would be to shoot it in color to depict gold color, but Huston probably wanted to make the film darker in tone. This film has all of the ruggedness and swashbuckling you'd expect from a western-type genre. The blu ray is a wonderful transfer that features pristine picture and sound quality, and has some worthy special features. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is essential viewing and for those who are John Huston fans.
Loved the VHS version. The DVD quality is even better for this classic film of greed. If you're a fan of Humphrey Bogart, this is a film to add to your collection. Three strangers go off into the mountains of Mexico to find gold. They do, but that isn't the end of things. Well done black and white film directed by John Huston and co-starring his father Walter.
I give this four stars as a review of the disc itself. The picture and sound seemed fine to me (I am not a video or audiophile). SO if you are a fan of the move, I would say this is a really good version to own. I do wish that the double-feature with Maltese Falcon was available on Blu Ray.
However, If I was rating the movie I would only give it three stars. I was disappointed by it. I went on a classic movie bender a few months ago, watching Touch of Evil, Casablanca, African Queen, Thin Man, Maltese Falcon, Gojira and Sierra Madre. This was the only one I didn't love.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2016
Get this if you want ye old original influence to Raiders of the Lost Ark. From Start to Finish, you can't take your eyes off this beautifully made, acted & scored gold bar of a film.
The begging at the beginning of the film reminds me of a similar experience in life & I chuckle to myself every time I watch the very same mannerisms & body language I remember observing back then, being acted out here by these great actors.
Bogart is excellent here though I prefer him playing moral authority (e.g. The Maltese Falcon). Here he plays a deeply flawed character. A classic movie which arrived in excellent condition and which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2017
Not a bad movie, but Humphrey Bogart's character was basically just a hot headed idiot who kept jumping to the wrong conclusions. I watched all of this just to see how it would end. I'm glad I rented it though. I wouldn't buy this one.