Rent The African Queen (1951)

3.9 of 5 from 232 ratings
1h 40min
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Synopsis:
Take two legendary co-stars, a rip-roaring boys own story, a fearless director and an eventful location shoot in Zaire and Uganda and you get 'The African Queen - the best loved of all adventure movies. During World War One, a hard drinking river trader (Bogart) and a prim missionary (Hepburn) are forced to take a hazardous river expedition together, encountering tropical hazards, nefarious German officers and a surprising romance.
Actors:
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Directors:
Writers:
C.S. Forester, James Agee
Studio:
Carlton Video
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Romance
Awards:

1952 Oscar Best Actor

BBFC:
Release Date:
16/07/2001
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio commentary by Jack Cardiff
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Biographies
  • Stills Gallery
  • Poster Gallery
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/09/2010
Run Time:
100 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Feature commentary with Jack Cardiff
  • Embracing chaos: Making The African queen
  • Written star profiles of Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn, John Huston, Jack Cardiff
  • Picture gallery of poster and lobby cards and behind the scenes
  • Original cinema trailer

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Reviews (2) of The African Queen

A classic - Romantic Adventure Film Masterpiece - The African Queen review by GI

Spoiler Alert
07/05/2021

The classic romantic adventure film with two of Hollywood's biggest stars whose onscreen chemistry is so magical and forms the centre of the film. It's essentially a journey of peril narrative set in Africa in 1914 just after the start of the First World War when the sister of a missionary, the very devout Rose (Katherine Hepburn) is left alone when her brother dies and is faced with the Germans interring all foreign nationals. She is offered a chance of escape by gin swilling Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart) on his grimy tramp steamer 'The African Queen'. But the journey up river is a hazardous one and the continuous danger from the river and trying to avoid detection eventually pushes Rose and Charlie together. This is a marvellous film, shot in glorious technicolour and on location. Bogart and Hepburn are flawless here (Bogart won his only Oscar for his performance) and John Huston's direction is spot on. This is one of those films that makes you fall in love with cinema. It's exciting, touching and has a great climactic confrontation with a German gunboat. If you've never seen this it's a must see and recently released in a new restored BluRay & DVD. A masterpiece.

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Implausible - The African Queen review by Swambi

Spoiler Alert
09/02/2012

There seems to have been a lot of progress in film making since 1951! If you are nostalgic for a by-gone era of film making you may well enjoy this, and there are some good shots of jungle wildlife, but then if you are interested in wildlife, there are far better films.

By modern standards the acting, plot, effects and directing just don't stack up, to the point that most of the film is unintentionally ludicrous. The initial acting by the missionaries is very wooden, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn just unconvincing, and whilst there was some fairly funny contrast between Rose and Charlie initially, this changed to excessive infatuation with unconvincing speed. The practicalities of the boat operating down massive rapids and surviving intensive gunfire, and then through a reed marsh, let alone the final scene are so completely unconvincing that I found it impossible to enjoy.

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