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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Details


John Huston's 1948 treasure-hunt classic begins as drifter Fred C. Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart), down and out in Tampico, Mexico, impulsively spends his last bit of dough on a lottery ticket. Later on, Dobbs and fellow indigent Curtin (Tim Holt) seek shelter in a cheap flophouse and meet Howard (Walter Huston), a toothless, garrulous old coot who regales them with stories about prospecting for gold. Forcibly collecting their pay from their shifty boss, Dobbs and Curtin combine this money with Dobbs's unexpected windfall from a lottery ticket and, together with Howard, buy the tools for a prospecting expedition. Dobbs has pledged that anything they dig up will be split three ways, but Howard, who's heard that song before, doesn't quite swallow this. As the gold is mined and measured, Dobbs grows increasingly paranoid and distrustful, and the men gradually turn against each other on the way toward a bitterly ironic conclusion. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a superior morality play and one of the best movie treatments of the corrosiveness of greed. Huston keeps a typically light and entertaining touch despite the strong theme, for which he won Oscars for both Director and Screenplay, as well as a supporting award for his father Walter, making Walter, John, and Anjelica Huston the only three generations of one family all to win Oscars. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 6, 1948


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Huston Best Director 1948 Winner
National Board of Review John Huston Best Screenplay 1948 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Huston Best Director 1948 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Huston Best Screenplay 1948 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Huston Best Film - Any Source 1949 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Walter Huston Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1948 Winner
National Board of Review Walter Huston Best Actor 1948 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Huston Best Supporting Actor 1948 Winner


Humphrey Bogart
as Fred C. Dobbs
Walter Huston
as Howard
Tim Holt
as Curtin
Bruce Bennett
as Cody
Barton MacLane
as McCormick
Alfonso Bedoya
as Gold Hat
Manuel Donde
as El Jefe
Jacqueline Dalya
as Flashy Girl
John Huston
as White Suit
Ann Sheridan
as Senorita Lopez
Harry Vejar
as Bartender
Martin Garralaga
as Railroad Conductor
Ralph Dunn
as Flophouse Bum
Jack Holt
as Flophouse Man
Julian Rivero
as Barber
Robert Blake
as Mexican Boy
Spencer Chan
as Proprietor
Margarito Luna
as Pancho
Pat Flaherty
as Customer


John Huston
Henry Blanke
John Huston
Ted D. McCord
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Owen Marks
William McGann
Special Effects
Perc Westmore