John HustonUSA126 minutes1948B&WEnglish
"Wait till you see my next movie!" Bogart reportedly crowed to a critic, "I play the biggest shit you ever saw!" Said shit is Fred C. Dobbs, a name more suited to a Bible salesman than the thoroughgoing rotter whose greed for gold finally drives him insane. After being cheated of their wages in the Mexican oil town of Tampico, Dobbs and another American transient (Tim Holt) take up with an old coot (Walter Huston, director John's father) who fills their heads with tales of plentiful gold in the Sierra Madre mountains. As the trio's quest for treasure proceeds, Dobbs becomes increasingly paranoid, his lust for lucre turning him first merciless, then mad. The two Hustons scooped up three Academy Awards between them (for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Huston père), though Bogart was not even nominated for one of his greatest (and most uncharacteristic) performances. "Bogart fearlessly makes Fred C. Dobbs into a pathetic, frightened, selfish man — so sick we would be tempted to pity him, if he were not so undeserving of pity" (Roger Ebert).