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Siskoid

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre may dress itself up as a western adventure, but it's really a study in greed that's practically Shakespearean in its intensity. Humphrey Bogart has never had money, so the idea of striking it rich is no big deal to him at first, but once the gold dust starts pouring in, he gets more and more paranoid that he'll lose the first riches he's ever known. His dragon sickness is contrasted with his partners better dosed attitudes. But of course, it also works as an epic action western - it IS John Huston, after all - but not a predictable one. I did find that the theme of avarice and how one might succumb to it is at times overplayed. There's no real doubt the characters are headed down that dark road just from the thematic content (even if you can't guess the incidents). That said, still great. Walter Huston and Bogart are particularly strong. That's the thing with Bogie. He's so iconic as a hard private dick, you don't expect him to be able to act any other way. He shouldn't surprise me at this point, but totally does.
2 years 9 months ago
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canaan

this is the first film that I have seen with Bogart as the villain and was drawn to watch it as I was in the mood for a western. Obviously there is some discussion about whether it's a western or not, however
even though it wasn't what I set out to watch, I really enjoyed it. The character of Dobbs was interesting, and I especially liked Howard as the old and wise goat. It was fairly obvious to me whilst watching it
what the general theme of the ending was going to be, but the story and message was well rounded out that it drew me in, rather than turned me off. I find the prevelance of the more gritty realism of Dobbs actions over older Hollywood's more traditional values to be much more satisfying which also helped me enjoy this one.

My only complaint being that I wish that the character of Cody had stuck around longer, so that the ending actions of Howard and Curtain were more fully justified.
3 years 4 months ago
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demagogo

good shit, but 24 lists? lol
3 years 8 months ago
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Tiago Costa

5 /5
5 years 1 month ago
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DisneyStitch

My first Bogart film was Casablanca and it was years before I had the opportunity to watch other films with him in the starring role. Key Largo and To Have and Have Not were fine, but I longed for a film that resonated with me as well as Casablanca. Finally I watched this one. It's rather incredible how simple the plot is and yet it is executed with perfect efficiency and full effect. Bogart's character is rough and gritty in all the right places and makes for excellent viewing. 5/5 stars
6 years ago
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Flicker

Certainly interesting to see Bogart in a different role than the one he usually plays. It also would not surprise me in the slightest if the Howard character is from where every old prospector stereotype first originated.

Unfortunately, subtlety and not being racist are two qualities this film does not have. The film's big message can be spotted an hour and a half away and is executed with little tact or grace. In addition, the scenes with the "Indians" are absolutely absurd, and are riddled with plot holes of white superiority.

The most entertaining part of this film, other than geeking out over finally seeing the famous "Badges" quote performed, was laughing at how in no way could a script have given a character a more over the top case of paranoia than they did Dobbs.
8 years 8 months ago
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voltesque

Fantastic depiction of desire, greed, and insecurity. To define the film with a quote, it'd probably be:
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"What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
8 years 8 months ago
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kaffy

spoiler
8 years 9 months ago
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nicolaskrizan

a flawed treasure

http://1001movies.posterous.com/1020
9 years 1 month ago
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moviebuff_11

Superb film. Bogart is fantastic in it. Should really be his most recognized performance. Huston has an amazing talent for writing and directing and this certainly highlights that
9 years 5 months ago
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YuriBR

@Sreviko @escapistwit Plus I understood his comment, haha. Great film indeed.
9 years 5 months ago
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criscoJovan

@Sreviko

Y'know, it's a great big breath of fresh air to see a post on here in a language that is not English :)
9 years 7 months ago
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Sreviko

Mycket bra film, en av mina favoriter

Rekomenderas
10 years 1 month ago
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george4mon

it was perfect until the last 20 minutes which really pissed me off!!!!!
10 years 2 months ago
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Dieguito

Magnificent movie, brilliant acting, Bogart's best! A favorite!
10 years 2 months ago

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