The African Queen

The African Queen

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

"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)

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1951Rating: PG105 minsUK, USA
AdventureDramaRomanceClassic

The African Queen | Awards

Award Winner
Winner for Best Actor (Bogart), Academy Awards 1952.

The African Queen | Reviews

96%48 reviews

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Variety

Variety

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

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Total Film

Total Film

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

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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

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