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Directed by: John Huston

Produced: 1951

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom, United States

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Certificate: U

Length: 105 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 14 June 2010

Cat No: 3711532713

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Languages(s): English
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The African Queen (Special Restoration Edition)

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

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Restored edition of John Huston’s romantic river epic starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in their only on screen pairing. Rose (Hepburn) is a prim missionary who is forced to team up with gin-swilling river trader Charlie (Bogart) when her village is destroyed during the Great War. As they flee from the Germans down the Congo, aboard the trader’s battered ship, The African Queen, their mutual dislike turns gradually to love. Shot in rich Technicolor by celebrated cinematographer Jack Cardiff, the film has gained classic status over the years. Bogart won an Oscar for his portrayal of the gruff, cynical sailor.

They don't, as the old saw has it, make 'em like this any more: larger than life stars playing loveable characters, conducting a winsome romance in exotic locations and proceeding to a thrilling climax. The African Queen is the sort of film Sunday afternoons were invented for.

 

The African Queen itself is a dilapidated old river steamer, the property of a dilapidated old drifter, Charlie Allnut (Bogie). His dissolute ways are a sharp contrast to Rose Sayer (Kate, of course), who works with her brother Samuel (Robert Morley) as a missionary. When their mission is attacked by the perfidious Hun (it's the start of World War One) and Samuel dies, Rose takes passage with the uncouth Mr. Allnut, little realising what the journey has in store.

 

No sir, they do not make 'em like this any more. Then again, 'they' didn't make 'em like this very often back then, a happy conjunction of director, story and, above all, stars. Neither Kate or Bogie made any effort to conceal their maturity and it's a textbook lesson in star power.

 

Indeed, this is one of the greatest entertainments that the movies have to offer. If only more movies could be so much fun.

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