I had never seen The Treasure of the Sierra Madre starring Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt and Walter Huston despite having heard many quotes from it – “Badges. We ain’t got no badges.” I decided to give it a view today and really enjoyed it.
It comes from a time when a film first told a good story. Yes, it had some subpar fight scenes. Yes, the ‘special effects’ were primitive compared to today. And yes, even some of the acting was groan-worthy at times. But, it told a good story and it has to be considered one of Bogart’s best performances. Huston too won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the wily old prospector.
This hunt for treasure and the paranoia it inspires feels like a Edgar Allen Poe tale. Director and screenplay writer John Huston‘s archetype story deals with human nature at its best and worst. Just as a modern superhero film requires a suspension of disbelief before engrossing you in the message, TotSM too has you living in the story in no time.
If you haven’t seen it, you’ll be glad you did.