The African Queen

The African Queen

John Huston (1951)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
What an inspired pairing! And to think the roles of Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer were nearly played by David Niven and Bette Davis. Humphrey Bogart won an Oscar as the unkempt steamboat skipper who clashes with prim spinster Katharine Hepburn in this fine First World War adventure. Initially, all was not well between the two leads. But, from the moment Hepburn began basing her character on Eleanor Roosevelt, the elements fused into a unique screen chemistry, and a gentle humour (that was noticeably absent from the shooting script) began to seep into the action. With director John Huston distracted by extracurricular safaris, the location work was clearly a strain - Bogie wouldn't have had to act too much to look distressed as he pulled the Queen through the leech-infested water. Yet the discord and discomfort resulted in a classic and a long overdue Academy Award for Bogart.


A prim missionary is forced to flee her home in German East Africa at the outbreak of the First World War. The only transport available comes courtesy of a gin-sodden riverboat captain, and as the bickering and unlikely travelling companions make their perilous journey, she persuades him to aid the British war effort. John Huston's romantic adventure, starring an Oscar-winning Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Robert Morley.

Cast & Crew

Charlie Allnutt Humphrey Bogart
Rose Sayer Katharine Hepburn
Reverend Samuel Sayer Robert Morley
German Captain Peter Bull
German First Officer Theodore Bikel
German Second Officer Walter Gotell
Petty Officer Gerald Onn
Shona Fort Officer Peter Swanwick
Shona Fort Officer Richard Marner
Director John Huston
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 4 Mar 2011