THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE

(1948)
Treasure of the Sierra MadreWith Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane
Directed by John Huston
Black and White
Reviewed by JL

     Movies don't get much better than THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE, a penetrating study of greed and paranoia.  Humphrey Bogart, in one of his most daring and dynamic performances, portrays Fred C. Dobbs, a down-and-out American who scrapes by on handouts and resides in the flophouses of Tampico, Mexico.  When he meets up with fellow drifter Tim Holt and grizzled prospector Walter Huston, the three embark on an expedition for gold that will test their resolve and character.  Huston nearly steals the show in his Oscar-winning performance as Howard, a garrulous but endearing type who serves as the moral conscience of the film.  Director John Huston also won his first Academy Award for direction, the only time in history a father and son won Oscars for the same film.  - JL

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