The Treasure of the Sierra Madre / A Special Father’s Day Screening


Considered one of the greatest adventure films of all time, John Huston’s thrilling adaptation of B. Traven’s 1927 novel The Treasure of the Sierra Madre features the inimitable Humphrey Bogart at the top of his cool and world-weary game as the leader of a dangerous gold prospecting mission in the deserts of Mexico. In this unforgettable cautionary tale about greed, desperation and the pitfalls of human nature, cynical drifter Fred C. Dobbs (Bogart), down and out in Tampico, Mexico, crosses paths with fellow indigent Curtin (Tim Holt), and the two seek shelter in a cheap flophouse where they meet Howard (Walter Huston), a toothless, garrulous old coot who regales them with wild stories about prospecting for gold. Soon, the unlikely trio heads out on a dangerous trek into the surrounding mountains, searching for fabled treasure, but as tensions and suspicions mount, the men begin to turn on one another, leading to one of the most famous (and bitterly ironic) endings in movie history. Filmed mostly in Mexico, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre set a new Hollywood standard as one of the first American films to shoot on location rather than a studio. Director John Huston and his father Walter Huston also went into the history books as the first father and son to win Oscars for the same film, while Bogart’s riveting, ahead-of-its-time performance as the paranoid Dobbs is often considered to be his greatest. Action packed and psychologically astute, The Treasure of Sierra Madre is an all-time Hollywood classic that went on to become the primary inspiration for Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Dir. by John Huston, 1948, USA, 126 mins., Not Rated) Digital