Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The movie “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” was filmed in 1948. The film begins with Dobbs roaming the streets begging for money. Not knowing he asked the same man 3 times for money. The man finally told him to get a job and gave him money one last time. He impulsively spends his last bit of dough on a lottery ticket that a little boy was going around selling. Later he goes with his friend Curtin to seek a shelter in a cheap flophouse where they meet a toothless man named Howard. They heard him talking about mining gold. At first they didn’t really care but after they had to fight their boss just to be compensated, they both return to Howard and decide to go mine gold. At the time of this decision, Dobbs just found out that he won the lottery. With this money they go buy the tools for their adventure. Dobbs says everything dug up will be split three ways.

The three men start their adventure in the mountains where Dobbs and Curtin believed they found gold. Howard told them it is just fool’s gold. They continue their adventure up the mountain, and finally find what their looking for. As the gold is mined and measured Howard becomes unsatisfied with the small amount and becomes paranoid. The three men eventually turn against one another. Dobbs becomes suspicious of the other men suspecting that they want to take his share of gold and just leave. Another man named Cody just shows up and wants to be included in their plan, but is no sooner killed by bandits.
Later on Howard eventually has to leave the group, and leaves the other two to find their own way back alone. Dobbs lets his greediness get to him and ends up killing Curtin and leaving him there. Little did he know Curtin wasn’t dead, and gets away and meets back up with Howard. As Dobbs is making his way back to Durango, he meets up with bandits who kill him, and take his burros along with all of the gold. The bandits are then executed. When Curtin and Howard got note of Dobbs death, they set off to get their belongings, little did they know the bandits emptied all the sacks of gold thinking it was just sand. The men were left with nothing. Howard tells Curtin that he will get his money back from all the animal skins only if he agrees to go to Dallas to talk to the widow of Cody. He agrees and leaves.

I really enjoyed the movie. I really liked the story line as well. I like how Dobbs greed is ironic because at the beginning of the movie he says that if he had just enough money to get him by, he wouldn’t need anymore. This irony just proved that having a lot of money can change someone for the better or the worst. In this case it was for the worst. The only thing I didn’t like about the movie was that it was like 2 hours long. I was beginning to fall asleep and get agitated, but overall it was a good movie, I would so watch it again.

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