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The African Queen
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 Oscar-winning portrayal of Charlie Allnut, the slovenly, gin-swilling captain of a tramp steamer called the African Queen, which ships supplies to small East African villages during World War I. Katharine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, the maiden-lady sister of a prim British missionary (Robert Morley). When invading Germans kill the missionary and level the village, Allnut offers to take Rose back to civilization. She can't tolerate his drinking or bad manners; he isn't crazy about her imperious, judgmental attitude. However it does not take long before their passionate dislike turns to love. Together the disparate duo work to ensure their survival on the treacherous waters and devise an ingenious way to destroy a German gunboat. THE AFRICAN QUEEN may well be the perfect adventure film, its roller-coaster storyline complemented by the chemistry between its stars.
Drama / Romance / Adventure
106 min
1952
PG
Paramount Pictures
English
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4.4
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Cast & Crew
 
John Huston
John Huston
Director
Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
Charlie Allnut
Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
Rose Sayer
Robert Morley
Robert Morley
Rev. Samuel Sayer
Peter Bull
Peter Bull
Captain of Louisa
Theodore Bikel
Theodore Bikel
First Officer
Walter Gotell
Walter Gotell
Second Officer
Peter Swanwick
Peter Swanwick
First Officer of Shona
Richard Marner
Richard Marner
Second Officer of Shona
Gerald Onn
Gerald Onn
Petty Officer
John von Kotze
John von Kotze
German Officer
Sam Spiegel
Sam Spiegel
Producer
John Woolf
John Woolf
Producer
C.S. Forester
C.S. Forester
Book Author
James Agee
James Agee
Screenwriter
John Collier
John Collier
Screenwriter
Peter Viertel
Peter Viertel
Screenwriter