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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) Movie Review

If you loved Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, you would think of him otherwise in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. It shows that he is a legendary actor who can portray two sides of the coin.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a story about one's temptation to greed and the consequences that come with it.

Plot Overview

The story begins in a small Mexican town in Tampico. Two broke Americans, Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, agree to help Pat McCormick on a job to construct oil derricks for a small wage. The project is completed, but McCormick skips out without paying them.

The two wander around town and meet an older man named Howard. He is a former miner and talks to them about his experiences with gold mining and the beauty that comes out of it. Dobbs and Curtin accidentally stumble upon McCormick and beat him up, and he gives them their wages. Dobbs also won a small jackpot in a local lottery. He used his earnings so that he, Curtin, and Howard to go on a trip to look for gold in the wilderness of the Sierra Madre mountains.

The trio successfully arrives at the Sierra Madre mountains after fending off some bandits on their way. Howard lectures them on determining the gold they are digging and filtering it out. They wither through the harsh conditions of the desert, and they begin collecting their fortune. However, Dobbs starts to distrust his companions. They agreed to split the gold evenly. Each person has a hidden stash to store them.

Dobbs' suspicion grows as days pass, especially when a Texan named Cody follows Curtin after a supply trip to Durango. He begins to plan to kill the man, but the others disagree.


The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is deemed by many as one of the best films of the classical era in Hollywood. It delivers a clear message about one's greed and the effects it could bring to yourself and others.

Humphrey Bogart went out of his acting in this one. His character is a menace, and his irrational thinking really gets you irritated. That goes to show his undeniable talent as an actor.

Overall, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre stood through time and delivered its message. It's one of those movies that you respect because of how good it is.

A good 4 out of 5 stars.

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