The African Queen

1951, Movie, NR, 105 mins

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AFRICAN QUEEN, THE
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John Huston's THE AFRICAN QUEEN is a film that has everything--adventure, humor, spectacular photography and superb performances.

In his only Oscar-winning performance, Bogart stars as Charlie Allnut, a reprobate who uses his little battered steamer, The African Queen, to run supplies to small villages in East Africa at the onset of WWI. At one stop he meets Rose (Katharine Hepburn), the devoted spinster sister of Rev. Samuel Sayer (Robert Morley). When Charlie returns to the village later, he finds that German troops have invaded and Sayer is dead, and he offers to take the distraught Rose back to civilization. Thus begins a perilous and unforgettable journey as Charlie and Rose decide to do their part in the war effort against the Germans.

THE AFRICAN QUEEN's marvelous screenplay was written as a straight drama by James Agee, but director John Huston and his stars give it a lyrical tongue-in-cheek treatment that fills the screen with hilarious humanity. Magnificently filmed on location in Africa by Jack Cardiff, THE AFRICAN QUEEN is Hollywood filmmaking of the highest order. leave a comment

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