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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TheeAvebury
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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BritCrimeDramaFan
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.

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Nursebob
Dec 18, 2014

In east Africa, circa 1914, a somewhat priggish missionary and her equally dour minister brother have devoted their lives to converting the local natives. Unfortunately WWI is looming on the horizon and their backwater idyll is soon beset upon by the advancing German infantry who leave a swath of devastation and burning villages in their wake. With her brother dead and the locals rounded up for military duty Rose Sayer has no choice but to escape downriver with Chris Allnut, the scruffy yet amiable captain of a ramshackle steamboat. Braving rapids, wild animals and sniper attacks they not only hatch an ingenious scheme to thwart the German high command but slowly discover they like each other more than they thought. 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.

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Isley
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.

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garycornell
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!

auntof3sjb Mar 09, 2014

Vey well done. Fine acting by "Kate" and Humphrey.

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VRMurphy
Oct 23, 2013

Takes a few liberties with the characters/plot, but not as many as usual for film adaptations of the period. Splendid cast, at their best, with very realistic feel from the photography (particularly the scene in the reeds). Some of the special effects appear dated, but try to keep the age of the film in context.

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22950006357453
Oct 13, 2013

this is not about ru paul or michael jackson neither

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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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