Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart) and Curtin (Tim Holt), cheated out of promised wages and down on their luck, meet old prospector Howard (Walter Huston) in the Mexican oil-town of Tampico. They set out to strike it rich by searching for gold in the remote Sierra Madre mountains.
They ride a train into the hinterlands, surviving a bandit attack en route. In the desert, Howard proves to be the toughest and most knowledgeable; he is the one to discover the gold they seek. A mine is dug, and much gold is extracted. Greed soon sets in, and Dobbs begins to lose both his trust and his sanity, lusting to possess the entire treasure. Dobbs is also unreasonably afraid that he will be killed by his partners.
A fourth American named James Cody (Bruce Bennett) appears, which sets up a moral debate about what to do with the new stranger. The men decide to kill Cody, but just as the three confront him with pistols and prepare to kill him, the bandits reappear, crudely pretending to be Federales. (This results ...
Discovering Treasure: The Story of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (2003)
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
Clocking in at just under fifty-minutes, this documentary takes a look at John Huston's classic THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE. Martin Scorsese, Rudy Behlmer, Judy Stone (author on B. Traven), Evelyn Keyes (Huston's ex-wife), Leonard Maltin, Robert Osborne and Erix Lax are among the people interviewed about the making of this classic film. The documentary starts off talking about what type of work both Huston and Humphrey Bogart had been doing up to this point in their careers and then we get to hear about some of the other names that were attached to the picture including Vincent Sherman and Edward G. Robinson. We then learn that Bogart had just signed a new contract with Warner and it specifically mentioned that this be one of his films. From here we learn about the original story by B. Traven, Huston's apparent meeting with him and of course the cast heading to Mexico to film the movie. We get quite a few great stories about the making of the picture and we even get to hear about some of the fun that Huston was having by putting cameos in by Jack Holt and Ann Sheridan. If you're a fan of the movie then there's no question that you're going to enjoy hearing all of these stories. We also get a few outtakes and the stories with director Huston getting to work with his father Walter are also quite touching. There's even a funny story about Huston getting fed up with Bogart who kept wanting to know when the film was going to be finished. There's also discussion on the fact that the film was a huge hit with critics and the Oscars but the general public just didn't take to the movie and it ended up bombing in theaters.
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