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 endlessly branching steam which always seem 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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🌈 An excellent movie, but I just want to take issue with "zipread," below, who says it was originally filmed in black and white, and later colorized, or colourized as he puts it. Hogwash! You can be sure it was in Technicolor from the word go. The zipster probably saw it on a black and white TV back when they had such things, and figured the movie was in black and white. And that's intuitively obvious to even...The Most Casual Observer.

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yellow_zebra_264
Sep 15, 2020

A very good movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn; these two have excellent chemistry on the screen. A little adventure and humor along with a lot of heart make “The African Queen” the classic it is today!

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EvanSchoenfeld
Sep 02, 2020

The stars’ dramatic prowess’s focus on the believably unglamorous characters of Charlie and Rose on a patriotic odyssey down the Oranga; CGI makes crocodiles and jungle settings really look real. The old boy-meets-girl-while-doing-the-impossible saw still works if you throw in a few model boats and superimposed mosquito effects. Don’t drink water that looks like that.

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1aa
Mar 03, 2020

This film had a rather interesting structure - kammertheater - apart from the beginning and the ending, there are only two characters and their relationship's development. Some plot devices are rather too transparent, like rapids and a lucky rainstorm with a flood; putting that aside, the main interest is in the characters and their changes.

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LynJoan
Jan 29, 2020

Charming and entertaining! A nice rom-com-drama without the booze, sex and swearing of what it has generally become to mean in this 'modern era'. Watch the special features- the film was mainly done on location in Africa, quite a feat even for today.

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candlesticktroughs
Jul 31, 2018

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.

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ThomasJWhiting
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.

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RoyalJellyIII
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.

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rkcooncap
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.

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Monolith
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."

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Monolith
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."

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Monolith
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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