The African Queen

The African Queen

The African Queen

Humphrey Bogart (in an Oscar winning performance) and Katherine Hepburn star in this 1951 adventure-romance from director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon).

"Bogart plays the boozy riverboat captain in German east Africa who with the outbreak of war in 1914 grumpily agrees to help British national Miss Sayer (Hepburn) escape the enemy. Just as their downriver journey looks like being a metaphor for sexual initiation … it becomes an actual sexual initiation. The courage and lip-quivering vulnerability of Hepburn are tremendous." (The Guardian)

Winner for Best Actor (Bogart), Academy Awards 1952.
1951Rating: PG105 minsUK, USA
AdventureDramaRomanceClassic
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

It's probably cameraman Jack Cardiff who deserves kudos for turning this odd-couple romance into such a colourful escapade through east Africa.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A ripping, gripping yarn, a surprisingly erotic love story and, as it happens, a premonition of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo.

5.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is a film where pretty much everyone is serving aces.

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

It's probably cameraman Jack Cardiff who deserves kudos for turning this odd-couple romance into such a colourful escapade through east Africa.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A ripping, gripping yarn, a surprisingly erotic love story and, as it happens, a premonition of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo.

5.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

This is a film where pretty much everyone is serving aces.

4.0

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