The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

John Huston's outspoken drama of human greed, couched in a deceptively objective, visually naturalistic adventure story, was one of the first modern Hollywood films to be shot on location. The scene is Mexico, 1920. Two down-and-out hobos, Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt, are led by old-timer Walter Huston into the bandit-ridden gold country of the Sierra Madre to strike it rich, which they do. But a shared desire for wealth and the luxuries it will insure turns to a more primitive mutual suspicion and finally to desperation, as the philosophical old Huston looks on, laughing. An ironic fable brought brilliantly to life by John Huston's exacting direction and the harshly realistic performances he illicits from his top-notch actors (including Alfonso Bodoya, the bandit with the blood-curdling smile, known in his native Mexico as “The Face That Kills”).

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