Sunday, October 24, 2010

"I know what gold does to men's souls."

The movie "The treasure of Siera Madre" is about the journey of three men going to Mexico to find their fortune. The miserable Fred C. Dobb and his friend Curtin meet Howard, an old and cunning man in a motel. They set out to go to Siera Madre to look for gold. After all the hardship, they find real gold and build a gold mine. Greed soon turns Dobb into a treacherous man. He is afraid of getting killed by both of his partners each day and starts to hide his treasures and find ways to take all the gold mined by the three of them. Another character-James Cody, a mischievous and experienced man-shows up when the tension is rising and poses a threat to the gold. The three are about to kill James when they encounter the bandits. James Cody was killed in the gunfight between the gold diggers and the bandits. After that, the cops appear and chase the bandits away. The three decide to head back to America. On the way, Howard leaves his treasure with the other two and goes to a village to rescue a drowned kid. He succeeds and is praised by the villagers. While Howard is away, Fred plans on killing Curtin and take all the gold. He shoots Curtin and leaves him to death in the night. Luckily, Curtin is not killed and he crawls away towards the Mexican who brings him to the village where Howard is staying. Meanwhile, Fred, thinking that Curtin has been eaten by a tiger, continues his journey until he is caught and killed by the same group of bandits. The bandits, thinking the unrefined gold bags are sand to make the goods heavier, scatter them to the wind. When Howard and Curtin catch up with the bandits in the city, the bandits are executed. Howard and Curtin accept with composure that the gold is gone. Howard then goes back to the village and Curtin returns to America.

Overall, I think "The Treasure of Sierra Madre" is above average. The music really brings the audience to the right mood, with luminous sounds every time Fred is suspicious of his partners allowing the audience to sense the tension among them. Humphrey Bogart's acting is superb as he plays a treacherous man that is totally different from the hero in Casablanca. He succeeds in making us abhor him in the character yet admire him as an actor. The fine acting is actually the highlight to a film with too many details. The fourth character, James Cody, may be a little bit out of place. Without him the film would be just as good.


  1. I totally agree with your opinion on the music. I've noticed that in these old movies we've been watching, anytime there is a suspicious scene or something, they play corresponding music and it always gets super loud. It really grabs your attention. Good summary!

  2. Yes. I agree with you in that Humphry Bogart is an awesome actor even when he plays a nasty character like that. I thought he was hilarious when he starts to get paranoid of everyone. I have to disagree when you say Cody was insignifigant. If it wasn't for him they might have never seen the bandits coming. But overall, good jobzy!

  3. Haha, great minds think alike! =D