The African Queen

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The African Queen (1951)

Directed by John Huston

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn

John Huston directed this 1951 movie based on the 1935 book of the same name written by C.S. Forester. Besides directing, Huston had a career as an actor and he was nominated ten times for Academy Awards, winning twice for Best Director and Best Writing for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). This movie stars Academy Award winners Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. Bogart and Huston worked together several times in classic movies like The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Bogart starred in countless films over an incredible career and won his Oscar for his role in this movie. One of his most memorable roles was the cool Rick Blaine from the classic Casablanca. Hepburn had an equally impressive film career that included movies like The Philadelphia Story and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. She was nominated for Academy Awards twelve times and won four. One of the nominations was for her role in The African Queen. 

When her brother (Robert Morley)dies after a German attack on the village they live in, missionary Rose Sayer (Hepburn) is left alone. She joins with Charlie (Bogart) a hard-drinking sailor who delivers supplies to the village. After he helps her bury her brother the two set off down the river unsure of what to do next. When Rose hatches a plan to sink a nearby German battleship she quickly convinces Charlie to join her. Now they’re forced to travel through the jungles of Africa where they’ll have to stay alive and learn how to live with one another.

This is a great movie with two great names from Hollywood history. Bogart and Hepburn are a perfect pair. While Hepburn plays the refined and intelligent woman, Bogart plays the hard-living sailor. The acting in the movie is great as they go through the many emotions that come from being stuck with someone.

The movie looks great with the Technicolor shining bright through the incredible camera work. The film is also accompanied by a good soundtrack courtesy of Allan Gray.

Over the years this film has continued to remain relevant with critics and fans alike. I would suggest this movie to anyone. It’s got a bit of comedy, romance, and adventure. I give this movie 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Rating: Approved

Running Time: 105 minutes


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