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Review of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre   

Another Bogart classic!!

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Wow! What a great adventure this film really turned out to be. This film has a lot of twists and turns between the characters which affects the whole story. This film was really well made because it is like a mixture of different genres. It has action within it, obviously adventure, quite a bit of drama and it was a rather tense story as well. Films that I can describe similar to The Treasure Of Sierra Madre are Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Dances With Wolves, The Maltese Falcon (which also stars Humphrey Bogart), The Asphalt Jungle and There Will Be Blood. It is similar to those but in different ways. The Treasure Of Sierra Madre is a classic adventure that goes beyond words. It is one of those stories that a lot of people would love because of the beautiful settings and the really adventurous story but some people might not because they either aren't into classics or don't like Humphrey Bogart very much. This is one of those classics that isn't complex and isn't like a political film. It is an epic, action-packed, thrilling adventure with really cool characters like the Indiana Jones quadrilogy. I don't know how to explain this but I would call The Treasure Of Sierra Madre but I wouldn't call it a western. I would because it is a story in the mountains and they're after gold and also because they wear cowboy hats. On the other hand, I wouldn't because it is a story that is set up in a few ways like Dances With Wolves which makes it similar.


Humphrey Bogart delivers another outstanding performance as Fred C. Dobbs with a very powerful and threatening sort of character because all three men were going to use each other to betray each other and earn the gold for him. Walter Huston was definitely the best performance in the whole film as Howard because he was a nice guy but seemed like a bit of trouble because he acts quite sinister in quite a few scenes. They all team together to fight off the bandits when searching for the gold. I really liked Tim Holt as Bob Curtin as well. They all bring a really powerful and deeply interesting three way combination that brings together a series of twists and turns between them.


The son of Walter Huston, John Huston directed this film in a huge and creative way. I think this is probably the earliest film that I have seen where it involves a jungle and gold. The action sequences were a lot like the ones from a film that Akira Kurosawa has done in the past such as The Seven Samurai. It was very solid directing from Huston. Through most of his films that he has done in the past have been a lot like some of his other films especially comparing the themes that Huston uses for the films he does. This film is mostly similar to The Maltese Falcon because of that reason. The script was mixed really with original chemistry between characters, original outcome of what happens and the original way of how a film like this are put together. It is adapted as well because of the story is rather exciting and is from a novel so must be adapted from a novel into a motion picture.


This isn't my favourite Humphrey Bogart film because I loved his performance more in Casablanca. John Huston has created a masterpiece that is still a classic even now after 60 years of when it was released and has every reason to be as well. I was very unsure of what my rating was going to be of this film. Whatever rating it is it is a high rating. It might change in the future but will have to see if I watch it again. This is a film that I could describe as higher than "masterpiece" but don't really know any word better than that which shows how good this film really is.

9/10
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on 31 January 2010 04:29

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