Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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(1948, directed by John Huston)

- inducted 2016 –

“Fred Dobbs is the first character I think of when I think of Humphrey Bogart. It's not his most iconic role, not quite, but I love how far he and John Huston went to dirty his screen persona. In other movies, Bogart's rumpled, cynical, world-weary heroes hide a brokenhearted man who eventually has to let love go for the greater good, or a hard-nosed detective who, rough edges aside, is our hero. With Fred Dobbs - who Bogart described as ‘a real son of a bitch’ - the audience assumes we're following Bogart the hero, only to watch him descend into greed, paranoia and madness. As much as I love tough-but-lovable Bogart, his commitment to Dobbs' total misanthropy - and how chillingly easy he fits into the role without ‘transforming’ himself - is mesmerizing, and the obvious enjoyment he and Huston took in going there is incredibly entertaining even as the movie grows increasingly bleak.

“There are many other reasons that The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a classic, of course - chief among them are Huston's direction and endlessly quotable dialogue and the rich cast of supporting characters. But when I think of the movie, I think of two things: Bogart ranting at the mountain's summit, alone and totally gone, and the final revelation that this unsparing story of greed and betrayal is, in fact, a comedy.”

~ Andrew Bemis

Principal cast: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett, Barton Mac Lane, Alfonso Bedoya, A. Soto Rangel, Manuel Donde, Jose Torvay, Margarito Luna, and with uncredited appearances by Robert Blake and John Huston
Screenplay by John Huston
Based on the novel by B. Traven
Produced by Henry Blanke
Executive producer: Jack L. Warner
Director of photography: Ted McCord
Art direction by John Hughes
Set decoration by Fred M. MacLean
Film editing by Owen Marks
Original music by Max Steiner
Makeup by Perc Westmore
Sound by Robert B. Lee
Special effects by H.F. Koenekamp, William C. McGann

USA
Duration: 126 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
Filmed in black and white
Sound mix: Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Produced and released in USA by Warner Bros
Premiered in USA on 24 January 1948

Awards and honors:
- National Film Registry selection, 1990
- Selected as one of Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies,” 12 October 2002
- Venice Film Festival, 1948: Best Music (won)
- Academy Awards (USA), 1948: Best Director, John Huston (won)
- Academy Awards (USA), 1948: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Walter Huston (won)
- Academy Awards (USA), 1948: Best Writing, Screenplay (won)
- Golden Globes, 1948: Best Motion Picture– Drama (won)
- Golden Globes, 1948: Best Motion Picture Director, John Huston (won)
- Golden Globes, 1948: Best Supporting Actor, Walter Huston (won)
- WGA Awards, Writers Guild of America, 1948: Best Written American Western (won)
- NYFCC Award, New York Film Critics Circle, 1948: Best Film (won)
- NYFCC Award, New York Film Critics Circle, 1948: Best Director, John Huston (won)
- National Board of Review, 1948: Best Actor, Walter Huston (won)
- National Board of Review, 1948: Best Screenplay (won)
- Venice, 1948: Golden Lion (nominated)
- Academy Awards (USA), 1948: Best Picture (nominated)
- BAFTA Film Awards, 1948: Best Film From Any Source (nominated)
- WGA Awards, Writers Guild of America, 1948: Best Written American Drama (nominated)
- NYFCC Award, New York Film Critics Circle, 1948: Best Actor, Walter Huston (2nd place)
- National Board of Review, 1948: One of the Top Ten Films of 1948