The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

One of the foundational tropes of the Western genre focuses on greed, and what greed can drive good men to do. No movie showcases that trope with more ferocity than The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which involves three gold prospectors striking pay dirt in South America, only to slowly turn against each other as it dawns on them just what they’ve uncovered. Humphrey Bogart gives the best performance of his career in his John Huston-directed classic, which also features Huston’s father, Walter, in a performance that won him an Oscar.

Ever heard the line “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”? That’s from this movie.

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