The African Queen (1951) - Rotten Tomatoes

The African Queen (1951)



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Strong performances distinguish this classic romantic adventure. When WWI erupts, Rose, a prim English missionary, flees German East Africa in a small boat with Charlie Allnut, a scruffy, gin-guzzling trader. During their perilous river journey, they devise a plan to sink a German warship, and love blooms along the way.more
Rating: PG (for thematic elements, some violence and smoking)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: C.S. Forester, John Huston, James Agee, Peter Viertel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 9, 2004
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Humphrey Bogart
as Charlie Allnut
Robert Morley
as Rev. Samuel Sayer
Theodore Bikel
as 1st Officer
Peter Bull
as Captain of the Louis...
Walter Gotell
as 2nd Officer
Gerald Onn
as Petty Officer
Peter Swanwick
as First Officer of Sho...
Peter Swanick
as 1st Officer at Shona
Richard Marner
as 2nd Officer at Shona
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Critic Reviews for The African Queen

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (5)

Five minutes in, and cowriter-director John Huston has already set the stage for something besides your typical '50s jungle-bwana boogie.

Full Review… | February 9, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

It is a picture with an unassuming warmth and naturalness...

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 28, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Impossible to deny this film's entertainment value...

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for The African Queen

A very entertaining and exciting adventure shot on location in Africa in glorious Technicolor and with a wonderful chemistry between Hepburn and Bogart - she as a smart, determined and strong-willed woman and he in a hilarious performance that granted him his only Oscar.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Two legends onboard 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.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Charlie Allnut: Oh, I'm not worried miss. Gave myself up for dead back where we started.

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

The African Queen is a movie I have wanted to see for a long time. It has the distinction of being one of those classic films that very film fan has to see. On top of that, it stars Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn and is directed by John Huston. So there's really nothing to deter you from wanting to watch it.

When WW1 is launched, a missionary living in Africa with her minister brother, must leave with a rugged, riverboat captain; after her village is destroyed by German soldiers and her brother dies. Rose wants Charlie to go down the river, which worries Charlie a great deal because as he says, there's only death down the river. He reluctantly agrees and the river, as well as a German U-Boat create many obstacles for the missionary and alcoholic captain.

The African Queen wasn't the irrevocable masterpiece a expected, but nonetheless it is still a very good film. I wasn't blown away by anything that the film did, but it was undeniably entertaining and well constructed, written, directed, and acted. The African Queen is a film that needs to be seen by all film buffs.†

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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