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The African Queen


John Huston

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About the Movie

At the start of World War 1, German imperial troops burn down Reverend Samuel Sayer’s mission in Africa. He is overtaken with disappointment and passes away. Shortly after his well-educated, snooty sister Rose Sayer (Hepburn) buries her brother, she must leave on the only available transport, a tired river steamboat 'The African Queen' manned by the ill-mannered bachelor, Charlie Allnut (Bogart). Together they embark on a long difficult journey, without any comfort. Rose grows determined to assist in the British war effort and presses Charlie until he finally agrees and together they steam up the Ulana encountering an enemy fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites and endlessly branching stream which always seem to lead them to what appear to be impenetrable swamps. Despite opposing personalities, the two grow closer to each other and ultimately carry out their plan to take out a German warship.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: It is a picture with an unassuming warmth and naturalness... – William Brogdon, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The African Queen is top flight entertainment, delightful, different, always interesting. – Hollywood Reporter, Feb 20, 2017

Fresh: 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, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

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So glad to see this here .... but I want to buy it! Please, iTunes, make more Hepburn films available for purchase!!

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This is an excellent movie! It twists and turns just like the African Queen does up the Ulana! A lot of action and suspense can be expected too. iTunes, please let us buy this!!

Please make this available to buy!!!!!!

This is one of the great classics that will stand the test of time.......starring two of the greatest actors ever!!