From all reports, B. Traven himself was on set during most of the shooting, on location, pretending to be his “agent.” Huston, as is his wont, used the book directly as his screenplay. He left out some of Howard’s rambling tales, but the characterizations were spot on.
I think this film gets off to a rough start, with the pace and tone going all over the place. However, the more we get to watch these characters unfold and interact, and the more the tension gets to boil, the harder it is to look away from the screen. The three leads are also terrific, from Bogart giving (possibly) his best performance, to Huston's unforgettable work, to the underappreciated Holt.
68/100 (Son 20 dakikaya kadar 85 puan vereceğim filmin, özellikle son 2 dk'nın etkisiyle puanım bu kadar düştü. Çok üzüldüm filmin böyle bitmesine. Harika bir Kapitalizm ve Açgözlülük eleştirisiyle bezeli filmimiz sonundaki haydut sahneleri ve karakterimizin kahkahası ile rotasından tamamen saptığını düşünüyorum. Çoğu olumlu düşünceyi yok ediyor. Üzgünüm. Farklı düşüncelere saygı duyarım.)
This might possibly be one of John Huston's best films... And with a career filled with all time classics like The Maltese Falcon and The African Queen that is saying something! All three of the leads have great chemistry. Bogart delivers one of his most underrated and despicable performances. However, the real MVP is Walter Huston who perhaps steals every scene he is in!
When the word classic comes up, I think the treasure of the sierra madre deserves to be in the top 10 or even top 5. It's one of those rare films that holds up as well as it probably did in 1948. Great story, memorable characters, quotable lines, what's more to like.
Bogey steps out of his comfort zone and delivers one of his best performances. Huston is also in top form, possibly his best work since Dodsworth. I guess that makes Holt the weak link, but hes fine too. Tight direction, great script, one of those "they dont make em like they used to" films. Original plan was to cast George Raft and Edward G Robinson, glad the film got delayed and we have this version. 4.5 stars
Humphrey Bogart muttering to himself under his breath about what he reckons Walter Huston and Tim Holt are going to do to him is arguably the most scarily paranoid vision in cinema history. Bogged down slightly by 'injun' / 'bandidos' subplots but still a sublime tale of the danger of greed.
For extra fun, begin your first viewing when Curtin & Dobbs have their first night alone. You won't know who is nuts, genuine, or putting on whom. When you tire of the scary, ambiguous world you needlessly made for yourself because the internet told you starting halfway through films is the way to go, just rewind, relax, and let Bogart's endless soliloquies rescue you from ever having to wonder again. Whew!