The African Queen (1951)
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After years of wooing director John Huston via good reviews, film critic James Agee was given a chance to write the screenplay for a Huston picture. Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, The African Queen stars Humphrey Bogart in his Oscar-winning portrayal of Charlie Allnut, the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen, which ships supplies to small East African villages during World War I. Katharine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of a prim
Dec 23, 1951 Wide
Jul 9, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Five minutes in, and cowriter-director John Huston has already set the stage for something besides your typical '50s jungle-bwana boogie.
The direction is often questionable, but the screenplay (by James Agee, John Collier, Huston, and Peter Viertel from C.S. Forester's novel) is a model of tight construction.
And so Mr. Huston merits credit for putting this fantastic tale on a level of sly, polite kidding and generally keeping it there, while going about the happy business of engineering excitement and visual thrills.
Humphrey Bogart finally won his Best Actor Oscar. It's an amusing performance, though it doesn't compare to his work in High Sierra, Casablanca, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, In a Lonely Place, The Caine Mutiny and a handful of other indelible turns.
A ripping, gripping yarn, a surprisingly erotic love story and, as it happens, a premonition of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo.
[A] grand, propulsive and plumly-restored slice of Technicolor derring-do.
It's probably cameraman Jack Cardiff who deserves kudos for turning this odd-couple romance into such a colourful escapade through east Africa.
Huston understands the majestic savagery of his surroundings well enough to let it exert some dramatic pressure on what is primarily a buoyant romantic comedy.
The performances by Humphrey Bogart (who earned his lone Oscar for his troubles) and Katharine Hepburn, along with John Huston's astute direction has produced a high spirited and highly entertaining adventure movie.
As a paradigm of why certain actors and filmmakers remain revered several decades after their death or greatest success, The African Queen is more than merely exemplary.
These are not "pretty" characters, but they are beautiful and their affair is a natural force outside of society and the church.
A more unorthodox adventure story and a more unconventional romantic comedy you couldn't imagine.
...one of those films that have been so assimilated into the collective unconscious that they feel ubiquitous,to the point that even those who have never seen it probably feel as though they have.
Huston's romantic adventure, one of the most admired movies in American history, contains iconic performances by Bogart, in his only Oscar-winning role, and Katharine Hepburn.
One of the very best, both for Bogart and Hepburn.
Audience Reviews for The African Queen
- Charlie Allnut: Oh, I'm not worried miss. Gave myself up for dead back where we started.
- Charlie Allnut: You can't do that!
- Rose Sayer: How do you know? You never tried it.
- Charlie Allnut: Well yeah, but I never tried shooting myself in the head neither.
- Charlie Allnut: Well I ain't sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old made!
- Charlie Allnut: Leeches ahhhh!
- Rose Sayer: "Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put into this world to rise above.
- Charlie Allnut: A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it's only human nature.
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