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Release Date:
20 February 1952 (USA) See more »
Bogart the King is back with the 'Queen!' See more »
In Africa during WWI, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Out of Africa with Bogey and Kate See more (204 total) »


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Directed by
John Huston 
Writing credits
C.S. Forester (novel "The African Queen")

James Agee (adapted for the screen by) &
John Huston (adapted for the screen by)

John Collier  uncredited
Peter Viertel  uncredited

Produced by
Sam Spiegel .... producer (as S.P. Eagle)
John Woolf .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Allan Gray 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
Art Direction by
Wilfred Shingleton 
Makeup Department
Eileen Bates .... hairdresser
George Frost .... makeup artist
Production Management
Leigh Aman .... production manager
T.S. Lyndon-Haynes .... production manager
Robert Sterne .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Hamilton .... assistant director
Bill Herlihy .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Bert Pearl .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Hoesli .... assistant art director
Ron Benton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Don Picton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
John Polito .... sound restoration: Audio Mechanics (2009 restoration)
Eric Wood .... sound editor
Kevin McClory .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cliff Richardson .... special effects
Visual Effects by
John Benn .... film technician: Cinesite UK (2009 restoration)
Daphne Dentz .... senior digital intermediate producer: Motion Picture Imaging (2009 restoration)
Lorraine Johnson .... scanning supervisor: Cinesite UK (2009 restoration)
Valerie McMahon .... compositor: Motion Picture Imaging (2009 restoration)
Mitch Mitchell .... head of imaging: Cinesite UK (2009 restoration)
Kevin Wheatley .... special systems: Cinesite UK (2009 restoration)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ted Moore .... camera operator
Edward Scaife .... second unit photography (as Ted Scaife)
Steve Birtles .... electrician (uncredited)
Desmond Davis .... clapper loader: studio (uncredited)
Arthur Graham .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
John von Kotze .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Connie De Pinna .... costume designer: other clothes
Doris Langley Moore .... costumes designed by: Miss Hepburn's
Vi Murray .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Steve Callahan .... color timer: Technicolor Film Preservation (2009 restoration)
Jesse Kobayashi .... digital intermediate producer: Motiin Picture Imaging (2009 restoration)
Kathleen Largay .... digital intermediate assist and conform: Motion Picture Imaging (2009 restoration)
Jan Yarbrough .... senior digital intermediate colorist: Motion Picture Imaging (2009 restoration)
Roy Hyde .... assistant editor (uncredited)
George Minassian .... color technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Ted Obolensky .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Norman Del Mar .... conductor
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Bunny Allen .... location manager (uncredited)
Edward Joseph .... location scout (uncredited)
V.B. Lyndon-Haynes .... location manager (uncredited)
Kevin McClory .... assistant: Mr. Huston (uncredited)
Eva Monley .... production assistant (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt .... runner (uncredited)
Jeanie Sims .... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Barry Allen .... with gratitude and thanks to: Paramount Pictures (2009 restoration)
Bernadette Curley .... with gratitude and thanks to: Romulus Films (2009 restoration)
Lynn O'Leary .... with gratitude and thanks to: Paramount Pictures (2009 restoration)
Michael Pogorzelski .... with gratitiude and thanks to: The Academy Film Archive (2009 restoration)
Jonathan Woolf .... with gratitude and thanks to: Romulus Films (2009 restoration)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and smoking
105 min
Color (as Colour by) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Japan:G (2015) | Netherlands:AL (video rating) | Netherlands:9 (2010) (DVD) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1952) | Norway:7 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2002) | Sweden:15 | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1978) | UK:U (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (re-release) (2006) (2011) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (2001) | USA:PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15611) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

"The African Queen" sank and had to be raised twice during filming of the movie. Lauren Bacall is quoted as saying, "The natives had been told to watch it and they did. They watched it sink."See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Robert Morley's character refers to a college friend slightly younger than him being made a Bishop. American Methodists have Bishops, but British ones don't.See more »
Rose Sayer:Who do you think you are ordering me about?
Charlie Allnut:I'm the captain, that's what!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Hollywood and the Stars" (1963)See more »
Bold FishermanSee more »


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32 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Out of Africa with Bogey and Kate, 6 February 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

This is one of those films whose special effects and scenery must have been astounding at the time (1951), but which seem mediocre at best today. BUT, and that's a big 'but', this does not detract from the greatness of the movie overall. The scenery truly is beautiful, for one thing--and the direction and cinematography is great.

However, what truly makes this film a classic, and deservedly so, is the performances given by the lead actors. For their one film together, Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn pull out all the stops. Bogart is crude, dirty and a low-life river-rat with a heart of gold. He gives the Oscar-winning performance of his lifetime. Hepburn is prim and prissy, but always manages to win us over with her radiance and vulnerability, as well as that core of steel and strength she lends to all her on-screen characters. He's charming, in his way; she's achingly beautiful in hers. You can't help but warm to Charlie and Rosie, and truly, genuinely root for them to get together.

The ending is predictable; all 'opposites-attract' romance adventure stories are. You know without a doubt that the sunset will be there for Charlie and Rosie to ride off (or swim) into together. But you still hurt when Charlie hurts; and you still smile like a fool when he sees Rose, and when he tries to explain her forthrightness away by jungle fever. You believe the love, and that's what the African Queen is all about.

Oh, and the gin and leech scenes, of course. Those are brilliant, as everyone else here has already mentioned! ;)

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