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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

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Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.


  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Walter Huston
  • Tim Holt
  • Bruce Bennett
  • Barton MacLane
  • Alfonso Bedoya

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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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

Metacritic review by David Parkinson
David Parkinson

Mr. Huston has shaped a searching drama of the collision of civilization's vicious greeds with the instinct for self-preservation in an environment where all the barriers are down. And, by charting the moods of his prospectors after they have hit a vein of gold, he has done a superb illumination of basic characteristics in men. One might almost reckon that he has filmed an intentional comment here upon the irony of avarice in individuals and in nations today...But don't let this note of intelligence distract your attention from the fact that Mr. Huston is putting it over in a most vivid and exciting action display.

Metacritic review by Bosley Crowther
Bosley Crowther
The New York Times