The African Queen

directed by John Huston
Category: "Drama"
Year of Release:1951
Date Added:09/08/2007
Description:Rose Sayer serves on a remote mission base in Africa with her brother. When World War One starts, the Germans burn the village. The shock kills her brother, and Rose is left alone. Along comes Charlie Allnut, a grimy drunk who pilots a supply boat up and down the river. Charlie helps Rose bury her brother, then takes her away before the Germans return. Rose soon comes up with an extravagant plan — take Charlie’s decrepit boat down the river to the lake and sink the German’s armed steamship so the British can take over that part of Africa.

Humphrey Bogart ... Charlie Allnut
Katharine Hepburn ... Rose Sayer
Robert Morley ... Rev. Samuel Sayer
My Rating:8

Reviews for The African Queen

Review - African Queen, The

Rose Sayer serves on a remote mission base in Africa with her brother. When World War One starts, the Germans burn the village. The shock kills her brother, and Rose is left alone. Along comes Charlie Allnut, a grimy drunk who pilots a supply boat up and down the river. Charlie helps Rose bury her brother, then takes her away before the Germans return. Rose soon comes up with an extravagant plan — take Charlie’s decrepit boat down the river to the lake and sink the German’s armed steamship so the British can take over that part of Africa.

Charlie doubts they can do it, even more so after Rose pours all his booze overboard. But they persevere, over rapids, past a German fort and through swamps full of bugs and crocodiles. Despising each other to begin with, the two fall in love (and make love, although it’s off screen). Lost in a swamp, with their boat stuck in the mud, the two despair. But a convenient rainstorm floats the boat out into the lake where they soon run into the German ship.

Charlie fashions two torpedoes and they head out on a stormy night. Alas, the African Queen isn’t up to the task and soon capsizes. Charlie and Rose are separated. Charlie is picked up by the Germans and sentenced as a spy to be hung. He doesn’t care, because he thinks Rose is gone. She’s soon picked up also, and confesses what they were up to. Both are taken out on deck to be hung, but Charlie first asks the captain if he will marry them. He agrees, the proceeds with the execution — just as the ship runs upon the capsized Queen and blows up. Charlie and Rose are thrown into the water and, as we leave them, are swimming toward shore.

It was enjoyable, although I’ve never been a Katherine Hepburn fan.
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