The African Queen
The African Queen (1951)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 9, 2004
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David Fear
Time Out New York

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

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

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

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William Brogdon
Variety

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

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Bosley Crowther
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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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

[A] grand, propulsive and plumly-restored slice of Technicolor derring-do.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

What an inspired pairing! And to think the roles of Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer were nearly played by David Niven and Bette Davis.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Pierluigi Puccini
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… More
Chris Weber
I'm conflicted with this one. This shouldn't be the case. It's Huston, Bogart, and Hepburn...in a period piece romantic action comedy. This… More
Melvin White
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… More
Daniel Perry
The circumstances around the making of this film are almost as good of a story as the movie itself, being one of the first independent films to truly succeed,… More
xGary Xx
The prim sister of a missionary who is killed when the German army come to their small corner of Africa convinces a pragmatic boat's captain to help her… More
Jim Hunter
A boat captain and a missionary must evade Nazis and nature on their way down an African river. The highlight of this film is Humphrey Bogart's… More