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Treasure Of The Sierra Madre

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Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
9.10 /10
Humphrey Bogart , Walter Huston , Tim Holt
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Directed by: John Huston
Written by: John Huston from Berwick Traven Torsvan's novel

Released: 1948
Origin: US
Length: 126

A gold prospector (Humphrey Bogart, pictured left) is consumed by greed.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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John Huston's highly acclaimed, Oscar-winning action adventure is marred by a poor score, unconvincing sets and some banal dialogue, but is saved by the central performances and a gripping story. Bogart's Fred C. Dobbs, who changes from a drifter to a cold-blooded murderer, is one of his best performances.

Walter Huston's acting smells strongly of ham, but is always watchable.

Brutal for its time, pessimistic about human nature and a middling performer at the box office (it took some years to recover its costs), the film has proved very influential on later film-makers, especially Sam Peckinpah, whose The Wild Bunch (1969) and Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) contain conscious allusions to it. City Slickers II : The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994) is a failed attempt at a comic update.

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