The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

treasure of the sierra madreThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Directed by: John Huston

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt


This is one of the rare films where Bogie plays the bad guy, and I gotta say he’s really damn good at it. I think everyone agrees that it’s harder to play a villain than a hero, and it’s the sign of a good actor if you can be a believable, human baddie that the audience understands and still roots against. So basically I guess I’m saying that Humphrey Bogart is a good actor? Wow, how insightful.

Two bums use what little money they have to team up with an old prospector to go up into the mountains of Mexico to look for gold. When they make a strike, they have to deal with the greed that starts breeding in them, as well as bandits, other prospectors looking to get a stake in their claim, and the natives of the area.

This is a classic. From that “we don’t need no stinking badges!” line to Walter Huston’s portrayal of the grizzled old prospector which basically created that entire trope, there’s so much of this movie which has made its way into popular culture. Also, it’s just a damn good movie, especially once we get into the extremely tense third act. I recommend it pretty highly.

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