The African Queen

Release Date: February 20th, 1952

DVD Release Date: October 31st, 2006

PG |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

After religious spinster's (Katharine Hepburn) missionary brother is killed in WWI Africa, dissolute steamer captain (Humphrey Bogart) offers her safe passage. She's not satisfied so she persuades him to destroy a German gunboat. The two spend most of their time fighting with each other rather than the Germans. Time alone on the river leads to love.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Peter Bull, Theodore Bikel, Walter Gotell

Director: John Huston

Genres: Adventure

Production Co: Horizon Films, Romulus Productions

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: Emotional , Rivalry , Inspiring , Family , Revenge , Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    As charming as the C.S. Forester novel on which it is based, The African Queen is top flight entertainment, delightful, different, always interesting. It is filled with excitement and adventure and sparked by superlative performances from Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. show more

  • 88
    Slant Magazine

    Bogart slyly draws upon his past performances here—men of weary-eyed cynicism and faded idealism—to give Charlie’s rudderless existence an extra-textual charge. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This was a movie that respected its audience and respected its genuine desire to be well and intelligently entertained. show more

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Nominated Foreign Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1953)
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Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1953)