The African Queen

1951

Action / Adventure / Drama / Romance / War

19
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.9 10 64124

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Katharine Hepburn as Rose Sayer
Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnut
Robert Morley as The Brother / Rev. Samuel Sayer
Walter Gotell as Second Officer
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Paul Kydd 7 / 10

The African Queen ***½ (7/10)

Available on Blu-ray Disc (Region B)

UK/USA 1951 English (Colour); Adventure/Drama/Romance/War (Romulus/Horizon/Remus); 105 minutes (PG certificate)

Crew includes: John Huston (Director); James Agee, John Huston (Screenwriters, adapting Novel by C.S. Forester *** [6/10]); Sam Spiegel (Producer); Jack Cardiff (Cinematographer); Wilfred Shingleton (Art Director); Ralph Kemplen (Editor); Allan Gray (Composer)

Cast includes: Humphrey Bogart (Charlie Allnut), Katharine Hepburn (Rose Sayer), Robert Morley (Reverend Samuel Sayer), Peter Bull (Captain of Louisa), Theodore Bikel (First Officer), Walter Gotell (Second Officer), Peter Swanwick (First Officer of Shona), Richard Marner (Second Officer of Shona)

Academy Award: Actor (Bogart); Academy Award nominations (3): Director, Actress (Hepburn), Screenplay; BAFTA nominations (2) (1952): Film from Any Source, Foreign Actor (Bogart)

"The greatest adventure a man ever lived... with a woman!"

When Germans level an African village at the outbreak of World War I, the unkempt, gin-drinking captain of a battered tramp steamer (Bogart) offers to transport the prim, spinster sister of a dead missionary (Hepburn) to safety, while she persuades him to assemble makeshift torpedoes in order to destroy an enemy warship downriver hindering the British advance.

Casting is everything, with the gentle sparring of an uncouth Bogart (belatedly winning his only Oscar) and lady-like Hepburn turning a mutual dislike into tolerance, and finally love, as the repetitively humorous utterances of "Mr Allnut" and "Miss" transform into "Charlie" and "Rosie."

Despite off-screen ordeals during its filming, a classic battle-of-the-sexes adventure.

Blu-ray Extras: Commentary, Documentary, Stills Galleries, Star Profiles, Trailer. ***½ (7/10)

Reviewed by gea-79784 6 / 10

A great story but confusing tone

I really did enjoy this film, but the tone of the movie was very odd to me. The subject matter was very serious at times. Such as when the missionary village gets burned down or Roses brother dies. The fact that two strangers have to stick together to survive World War 2 exiled in Africa is a very scene. But the way the dialogue and other things were it kinda gave the movie the feel of almost a screwball comedy. I don't think if something like this were to really happen i think they would be too traumatized to actually fall in love. Another thing that really hurt the tone was that it was in such bright color. I don't know if they just put the brand new technology to work cause they could, but i think the bright colors did not match the tone. It looked like a bright cheery movie, but the subject matter was more dark. Because of these issues with the tone of the movie I didn't enjoy this film as much as I could have.

Reviewed by Joli M 9 / 10

Historical Fiction at It's finest

I forgot how much I loved this movie until i saw it again. This is Historical Fiction at its' finest. Both Hepburn and Bogart are a delight to watch; and their charm just exudes in every scene. Bogart plays one of his gruffest roles I've seen; and both characters end up contributing to each other's arch's in unexpected ways.

And of course the setting is beautiful, with very few speaking roles on screen for any length of time outside of the duo. Another reviewer mentioned that lesser actors might have brought this film easily down to a glorified travel tour, and i have to agree with that.

If either role had been cast with an actor whose presence came across as weak; this would at best: be a very boring movie to watch. Fortunately, that's not the case here.

If you haven't seen it, it is so worth the watch! (Now i have to find out how the book and movie differ. I can't imagine what they had to leave out of the film adaptation.)

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