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The African Queen

  • Action
  • Romance
  • 1951
  • John Huston
  • 100 mins
  • PG

Summary

Classic First World War romantic adventure starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. East Africa, 1914: when her home is destroyed by invading Germans, a prim missionary finds an unlikely saviour in the scruffy, gin-drinking captain of a small steam-driven riverboat, The African Queen. Together, the indomitable pair begin a treacherous journey downriver to conduct their own private battle against the enemy.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Charlie AllnuttHumphrey Bogart
Rose SayerKatharine Hepburn
Reverend Samuel SayerRobert Morley
German CaptainPeter Bull
German First OfficerTheodore Bikel
German Second OfficerWalter Gotell
Petty OfficerGerald Onn
Shona Fort OfficerPeter Swanwick
Shona Fort OfficerRichard Marner

Crew

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DirectorJohn Huston

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2011-03-04
Languages
English | German | Swahili
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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