The African Queen

The African Queen

DVD - 2010
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At the start of World War I, German imperial troops burn down a mission in Africa. The mission's reverend was so overtaken with disappointment that he passes away. Shortly after his well-educated, snooty sister Rose buries her brother, she must leave on the only available transport, the 'African Queen' steamboat. The boat is manned by the ill-mannered bachelor, Charlie. Together they embark on a long difficult journey, without any comfort. Rose grows determined to assist in the British war effort and presses Charlie until he finally agrees and together they steam up the Ulana encountering an enemy fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites and an endlessly branching stream which always seems to lead them to what appear to be impenetrable swamps. Despite their opposing personalities, the two grow closer to each other and ultimately carry out their plan to take out a German warship.


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I'm not sure how many "gin-swiling riverboat captain[s]" remain in the world, but you can watch Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn burn up the screen. (

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just doesn't seem to be much of a story here. it was over before I knew it . I felt beached on shore. yet it is a famous movie title....go figure.

Jul 30, 2018

GREAT 1951 action/adventure/romance film - both Bogart the river rat and Hepburn the missionary are terrific in their roles. Fine film cinematography in Belgian Congo. I had seen it in my early days - glad I gave it another view in my maturity.

Jun 13, 2018

GREAT Bogart/Hepburn "chemistry." My favorite Hepburn movie.

Jul 26, 2017

Two legends on board a small boat is enough to create magic. A John Huston adventure always shines above the rest because of its gravitas, an inherent solemnity that here is conveyed through Bogart and Hepburn.

Aka_Aka_Aka Jan 11, 2017

Disappointing. Bogart/Hepburn chemistry was atrocious.

May 04, 2016

It is interesting that the C. S. Forester novel of the same name upon which the movie is based did not include the awesome final scene with the German ship (I won't spoil it) which was added just for the movie.

Here, Charlie and Rose remind me of my relationship with my wife, how she wants me to do something and I eventually get around to it with a positive result. I wonder how many other men were reminded of their own marriages.

Mar 20, 2016

A classic "opposites attract" film that takes place during wartime. The scenery of Africa (or Hollywood) certainly enlivens the proceedings It's beautiful to watch these two wrangle at every turn, and then, of course, fall in love when they have to depend on each other, fight evil, and survive! I watch it every few years just to remember how good the old movies were.

Dec 18, 2014

Unique for it’s use of actual African locations (though much filming was also done on British sound stages) this is one of Hollywood’s most iconic romantic adventure stories. If the plot is somewhat facile and the ending wholly contrived, director John Huston more than makes up for it with gorgeous technicolour cinematography and a brilliant script by the late James Agee. Furthermore, the combined star power of Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart ensures The African Queen a permanent place in the realm of cinema classics.

Jun 25, 2014

This is a pretty straight ahead movie for John Huston without much of his trademark cynicism (except for the great opening “choir” scene). Still, that isn’t to say it isn’t a lot of fun–even if Bogart plays kind of a goober.

May 16, 2014

Thrilling, funny, inspiring, all these feeling come to me when I watch the African Queen. Now the African Queen is small boat to be navigating down a river in Africa. The time is World War II and Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn are trying to evade the German patrols. You won't want to miss a minute of this terrific adventure movie!

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Sep 08, 2012

Charlie Allnut: "It's a great thing to have a lady aboard with clean habits. It sets the man a good example. A man alone, he gets to living like a hog."

Sep 08, 2012

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 in this world to rise above."

Sep 08, 2012

Charlie Allnut: "Well I ain't sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!"


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