The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 

 
PROS –
1) Another great story of greed. A paranoid man with disoriented conscience led to the disaster of a perfect gold-rush adventure.
2) John Huston’s tight screenplay and direction. While Bogart is the leading man, the highlight will be Walter Huston natural acting as the wise old man leading the pack.
3) Humphrey Bogart played the central character of an insecure tramp. His character of Fred C. Dobbs is a classic example of an over-suspicious man going nuts in isolation.
4) A somewhat fulfilling climax for Howard & Curtin.

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Howard: I know what gold does to men’s souls.

Breakout (1975)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/5

 
PROS –
1) Flamboyant, funny, and talkative Charles Bronson – How often do we see that!
2) $500 check running gag.

 
CONS –
1) Plain and simple prison-escape plot without any thrills
2) Apart from Bronson, all other actors are acting like B-Grade actors including Robert Duvall and John Huston

 
QUOTE –
Jay Wagner: The day I’m reduced to making love in here is the day I give up.

The African Queen (1951)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) An African Safari with 2 greatest Hollywood stars at the beginning of World War I.

 

Cons –
1) An ordinary romantic movie with very few memorable moments and an abrupt ending.

 

Quote –
Charlie Allnut: “A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature.”
Rose Sayer: “‘Nature,’ Mr. Allnut, is what we are put into this world to rise above.”

The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

 

Pros –
1) Good old moral story by Rudyard Kipling exploring greed and its repercussions.
2) Sean Connery & Michael Caine: 2 British stalwarts in a comedic adventure with a tragic climax
3) Saeed Jaffrey as Billy Fish – stole the show

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Daniel Dravot: Now listen to me you benighted muckers. We’re going to teach you soldiering. The world’s noblest profession. When we’re done with you, you’ll be able to slaughter your enemies like civilized men.

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

Verdict – 2/5

Pros –
1) Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo
2) Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade

 

Cons –
1) No great twists and thrills
2) Mediocre ending

 

Quote –
“Sam Spade: The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.”