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The Treaure of Sierra Madre is a film which is much larger than what it seems. Following three men hunting for gold it appears on the outside to be a film about poverty, unemployment, unfulfilled dreams and how greed (in this case gold) can change the soul of man.

 

The film is however about much, much more than that. It is about the moral’s of man whether money can buy happiness and much much more. Throughout the film the audience constantly questions ‘how would I react in that situation?’ Many I’m sure would use the responses Bogart’s character gives early on and say ‘they’d only take what they set out for’ and ‘the money wouldn’t change me’ however Bogart’s slow drive into insanity makes you question the response.

 

The film is made by the three performances of the lead characters and although Walter Houston – as the wise, bumbler – steals much of the critical acclaim, I believe Bogart gives a career best performance in the way his character descends from a likeable poor man to a crazy bearded lunatic. The final scenes involving Bogart are chilling.

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The Treasure of Sierra Madre is a great and iconic piece of cinema that deserves to be watched several times by everyone.

 

Story – 4/5

Style – 4/5

Technical – 5/5

Enjoyment – 5/5

TOTAL: 18/20 = 9/10