The African Queen
The African Queen (1951)

After years of wooing director John Huston via good reviews, film critic James Agee was given a chance to write the screenplay for a Huston picture. Adapted from a novel by C.S. Forester, The African Queen stars Humphrey Bogart in his… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 23, 1951
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2004
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Consensus: Perfectly cast, smartly written, and beautifully filmed, The African Queen remains thrilling, funny, and effortlessly absorbing even after more than half a century's worth of adventure movies borrowing liberally from its creative DNA.

Hollywood Reporter

The African Queen is top flight entertainment, delightful, different, always interesting.

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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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Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

This movie is in the DNA of rom-coms and buddy-cop comedies and fish-out-of-water tales and Indiana Jones (he bickers and fights Germans too! Plus, dirt beard!).

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David Fear
Time Out

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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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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William Brogdon

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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Peter Bradshaw

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A very entertaining and exciting adventure shot on location in Africa in glorious Technicolor and with a wonderful chemistry between Hepburn and Bogart - she as… 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
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 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