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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is an adventure action drama film about two American men that search for work in Mexico and convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre was one of the first Hollywood films to be created on location outside the United States. The movie is now preserved in the National Film Registry. Continue reading for more information and some quotes from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Directed by
John Huston

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt

Scene From The Treasure of the Sierra Madre


Fred C. Dobbs: Say buddy, will you stake a fellow Am...
[Howard eats, while Dobbs and Curtin snooze]
Howard: Hey you fellas, how 'bout some beans? You want some beans? Goin' through some mighty rough country tomorrow, you'd better have some beans.
Gold Hat: Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges.
Howard: If I were you boys, I wouldn't talk or even think about women. T'aint good for your health.
Fred C. Dobbs: [in one sentence] Do you believe that stuff the old man was saying the other night at the Oso Negro about gold changin' a man's soul so's he ain't the same sort of man as he was before findin' it?
Fred C. Dobbs: You're sure he was trailin' you are ya?
Bob Curtin: Absolutely.
Fred C. Dobbs: How come?
Bob Curtin: Cuz there he is.
Howard: Say, answer me this one, will you? Why is gold worth some twenty bucks an ounce?
Flophouse Bum: I don't know. Because it's scarce.
Howard: A thousand men, say, go searchin' for gold. After six months, one of them's lucky: one out of a thousand. His find represents not only his own labor, but that of nine hundred and ninety-nine others to boot. That's six thousand months, five hundred years, scramblin' over a mountain, goin' hungry and thirsty. An ounce of gold, mister, is worth what it is because of the human labor that went into the findin' and the gettin' of it.
Flophouse Bum: I never thought of it just like that.
Howard: Well, there's no other explanation, mister. Gold itself ain't good for nothing except making jewelry with and gold teeth.
Fred C. Dobbs: This is the country where the nuggets of gold are just crying out for you to take them out of the ground and make 'em shine in coins on the fingers and necks of swell dames.
Howard: Well, goodbye Curtin.
Bob Curtin: Goodbye, Howard.
Howard: Good luck.
Bob Curtin: Same to you.
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