Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Movie Details

Year1948
DirectorJohn Huston
Key CastHumphrey Bogart, Walter Huston,
Tim Holt
MPAA RatingNot Rated
Film TypeBlack & White
Genre(s)Western, Action, Adventure, Drama
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Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a Tale about Gold and Greed

 
Directed by John Huston, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” is a 1948 film about three gringos who meet in Mexico and set out to find gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
 
It all starts out when Dobbs, played by Humphrey Bogart, finds work at a Mexican oil field where he meets an American named Curtain––whose character is brought to life by Tim Holt. After working hard for an unscrupulous boss named McCormick (Barton MacLane), the two down-on-their-luck men bunk down in a flophouse for the night and meet an old, grizzled prospector named Howard (Walter Huston) who warns them of succumbing to the dangers of gold fever. Determined not to bottom-out any further, Dobbs and Curtin confront McCormick and forcefully take the money owed to them. This, however, still isn’t enough to improve their bleak situation.
 
Listening to Howard, they plot ways to turn their hard luck into gold––literally. Howard tells the two men how to prospect and where they can find gold in the mountains. All he needs is for them to provide the cash and supplies to get started. Convinced they could strike it rich, they become partners and set off on their journey. They begin as good friends, but will they be able to maintain this camaraderie if they discover riches?
 
Through roller coaster twists, betrayal and danger “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” is a visually alive movie about greed.
 
This western won multiple Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. In 1990, it was one of the few films to be added to the U.S. Library of Congress National Film Registry.
 
Time magazine described “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” as “one of the best things Hollywood has done since movies learned to talk.”
 

 
• “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” has the unique distinction of being of movie where both the father and son won Academy Awards for the same film. Director, John Huston, won the Best Director Academy Award and the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. His father, Walter Huston, won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role as the old prospector Howard.
 
• This western movie is based on the novel named “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” by B. Traven. Traven is a very interesting writer because he is a mysterious person. There is very little known about him, which was intentional. He was a recluse who refused to give information to anyone about his background or heritage. In fact, he told people that his name was Berick Traven Torsvan, but this was false. What is known about him is that he spoke German fluently because this is the language that he used for writing his books. Historians speculate that Traven was involved in the German uprisings during World War I before he moved to Mexico in the 1920s. He spent the rest of his life in Mexico writing. Traven used Mexico as the location setting for a number of his books, including the celebrated novel “The Treasure of Sierra Madre.”
 
 
• This movie won three 1949 Academy Awards – Best Director (John Huston), Best Screenplay (John Huston) and Best Supporting Actor (Walter Huston). This was one of the rare times in when a father and son won Academy Awards for their work on the same movie.
 
• “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” also won three Golden Globe Awards – Best Motion Picture, Best Director (John Huston) and Best Supporting Actor (Walter Huston).
 
• “The Treasure of Sierra Madre” was added to the U.S. Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1990.
 

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“The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” is a 1948 film about three gringos who meet in Mexico and set out to find gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Through roller coaster twists, betrayal and danger a strong lesson about greed unfolds.

Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston & Tim Holt star.

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In addition to being able watch “Treasure of Sierra Madre” in high-quality Blu-ray, this special disc also has numerous bonus features:
• Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax
• Discovering Treasure: The Story of
• Documentary Profile John Huston
• Warner Night at the Movies 1948 Short Subjects Gallery
• Audio-Only Bonus: Radio Show Adaptation Featuring the Movie’s Original Stars

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