The African Queen
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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 journey, they devise a plan to sink a German warship, and love blooms along the way.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Five minutes in, and cowriter-director John Huston has already set the stage for something besides your typical '50s jungle-bwana boogie."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Impossible to deny this film's entertainment value..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A ripping, gripping yarn, a surprisingly erotic love story and, as it happens, a premonition of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"It's probably cameraman Jack Cardiff who deserves kudos for turning this odd-couple romance into such a colourful escapade through east Africa."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"As a paradigm of why certain actors and filmmakers remain revered several decades after their death or greatest success, The African Queen is more than merely exemplary."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"It is a picture with an unassuming warmth and naturalness..."
‑ William Brogdon, Variety
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"[A] grand, propulsive and plumly-restored slice of Technicolor derring-do."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Huston understands the majestic savagery of his surroundings well enough to let it exert some dramatic pressure on what is primarily a buoyant romantic comedy."
‑ Matthew Connolly, Slant Magazine
"These are not "pretty" characters, but they are beautiful and their affair is a natural force outside of society and the church."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"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."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"What an inspired pairing! And to think the roles of Charlie Allnutt and Rose Sayer were nearly played by David Niven and Bette Davis."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The performances by Humphrey Bogart (who earned his lone Oscar for his troubles) and Katharine Hepburn, along with John Huston's astute direction has produced a high spirited and highly entertaining adventure movie."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"A more unorthodox adventure story and a more unconventional romantic comedy you couldn't imagine."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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