The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

1948  126 MN

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John Huston

Fred C. Dobbs and Bob Curtin, both down on their luck in Tampico, Mexico in 1925, meet up with a grizzled prospector named Howard and decide to join with him in search of gold in the wilds of central Mexico. Through enormous difficulties, they eventually succeed in finding gold, but bandits, the elements, and most especially greed threaten to turn their success into disaster.

 Release Date

January 15, 1948


2h6m (126 min)


$ 3,800,000


$ 4,307,000

 Top Billed Cast

 Humphrey Bogart
 Fred C. Dobbs
 Walter Huston
 Tim Holt
 Bob Curtin
 Bruce Bennett
 James Cody
 Barton MacLane
 Pat McCormick
 Alfonso Bedoya
 Gold Hat

 Written by

John Huston Screenplay
B. Traven Novel


The nearer they get to their treasure, the farther they get from the law.



Humphrey Bogart
  Fred C. Dobbs
Walter Huston
Tim Holt
  Bob Curtin
Bruce Bennett
  James Cody
Barton MacLane
  Pat McCormick
Alfonso Bedoya
  Gold Hat
Arturo Soto Rangel
  El Presidente
Manuel Dondé
  El Jefe
José Torvay
Margarito Luna
Robert Blake
  Mexican Boy Selling Lottery Tickets (uncredited)
Guillermo Calles
  Mexican Storeowner (uncredited)
Roberto Cañedo
  Mexican Lieutenant (uncredited)
Spencer Chan
  Proprietor (uncredited)
Jacqueline Dalya
  Flashy Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn
  Flophouse Bum (uncredited)
Pat Flaherty
  Customer in Bar Who Warns Curtin and Dobbs about Pat McCormick (uncredited)
Martín Garralaga
  Railroad Conductor (uncredited)
Jack Holt
  Flophouse Bum (uncredited)
John Huston
  American in Tampico in White Suit (uncredited)
Julian Rivero
  Barber (uncredited)
Jay Silverheels
  Indian Guide at Pier (uncredited)
Ray Spiker
  Workman at Pier (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar
  Bartender (uncredited)
Ignacio Villalbazo
  Mexican Bandit (uncredited)
Clifton Young
  Flophouse Bum (uncredited)


Jack L. Warner
  Executive Producer
Ted D. McCord
  Director of Photography
Owen Marks
Max Steiner
  Original Music Composer
Perc Westmore
  Makeup Artist
Harvey Parry
Robert B. Lee
John Huston
John Huston
Fred M. MacLean
  Set Decoration
Henry Blanke
Rafael Ruiz Esparza
Leo F. Forbstein
  Music Director
B. Traven
Don Alvarado
  Production Manager
William C. McGann
  Special Effects
David Sharpe
Hans F. Koenekamp
  Special Effects
Monty Westmore
  Makeup Artist
John Hughes
  Art Direction
Frank McCoy
  Makeup Artist
Richard Maybery
  Assistant Director
John Prettyman
  Assistant Director
Edward Ullman
  Sound Recordist
Murray Cutter
Mac Julian
  Still Photographer
Ernesto A. Romero
Antonio Arriaga


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Andres Gomez

Fantastic movie with great cast and a thrilling story. Bogart performs great.


I wanted something very special to be my 5,000th film (at least to my horrible memory and to my stats on IMDb), and so after brazen and intense thought, I decided on a later-than-expected watch of a classic from Bogart's association with John Huston. I say later than expected because I bought the immaculate 24-film Humphrey Bogart Collection, which was supposed to have it on its 12 double-sided DVDs, but it accidentally had, in its place, the special features disc, which held excellent feature-length documentaries on both John Huston and the making of the film. Thus I waited until recently, when I found the blu for a very good price and went for it.

It was worth the wait. The ultimate tale of sordid greed. Without going into detail or spoilers, everyone got exactly what they deserved. My only qualm is that after a splendid cameo by the director (whom when I think of that aspect of his career, I will always fondly think of 'Chinatown'), I was hoping we'd end up seeing more of his character. That would have been even more wonderful for me.

Hopefully I will see and rate another 5,000--and I'm very curious if and when I do, what film I'll choose for THAT milestone...


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