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Director:
Writers:
C.S. Forester (novel)
James Agee (adapted for the screen by) ...
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Release Date:
20 February 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Bogart the King is back with the 'Queen!' See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Existential Synthesis: Unity Out Of Disparity See more (204 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
 
Thanks
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)
 
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MPAA:
Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence and smoking
Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (as Colour by) (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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?

Trivia:
In a 2013 interview on the NPR program "Fresh Air," Anjelica Huston told interviewer Terry Gross about how her father, director John Huston, found out about her birth while he was at the remote jungle shooting location for The African Queen: "I was born at 6:29 p.m. on July 8, 1951, at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles. At 8 pounds, 13 ounces, I was a big, healthy baby. The news of my arrival was cabled promptly to the post office in the township of Butaleja in Western Uganda. Two days later, a barefoot runner bearing a telegram finally arrived at Murchison Falls, a waterfall on the Nile, deep in the heart of the Belgian Congo, where The African Queen was being filmed. My father, John Marcellus Huston, was a director renowned for his adventurous style and audacious nature. Even though it was considered foolhardy, he'd persuaded not only Katharine Hepburn, an actress in her prime, but also Humphrey Bogart, who brought along his famously beautiful wife, the movie star Lauren Bacall, to share the hazardous journey. My mother, heavily pregnant, had stayed behind in Los Angeles with my one-year-old brother, Tony Huston. When the messenger handed the telegram to my father, he glanced at it, then put it in his pocket. Katie Hepburn exclaimed, 'for God sakes, John, what does it say,' and dad replied: 'It's a girl. Her name is Anjelica.'"See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: As 'Charlie Allnut' taunts the hippos swimming toward The African Queen, a very distinct white edge can be seen around the boiler and pressure gauge behind him. In addition, Allnut is in focus, the boiler and pressure gauge behind him are out of focus, and the trees in the distance are sharply in focus. This is all evidence of an imperfectly executed matte shot, with Allnut and boiler in the foreground image and the trees in the background plate.See more »
Quotes:
Charlie Allnut:Nobody in Africa, but yours truly, can get a good head of steam on the old African Queen.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rooster Cogburn (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bold FishermanSee more »

FAQ

Is this movie based on a book?
What nickname did Bogart give Hepburn in the film?
Why did Rose accompany Charlie down the river on the African Queen?
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Existential Synthesis: Unity Out Of Disparity, 9 August 2015
Author: Light Sword Of The Protector from Kneeling In The Light

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A beautiful, unassuming little treasure featuring the great performances of the two greatest actors who ever lived. Their Daseins or beings in the world could not be more disparate. She is a deeply religious, recently widowed woman seeking justice for her murdered husband. He is a rather worldly, somewhat immoral guy, making a few bucks here and there, running the African Queen up and down the river. I love the scene with Bogie dining with the religious couple how uncomfortable everybody is; Bogie's stomach begins making loud noises from all the booze in there. They suspect it and look at him disapprovingly. The core of the movie is a beautiful parallel between the boat going down the river and their personalities beginning to join together. At the beginning, their differences could not have been more pronounced. Watch Bogie's reaction to risking his neck and seeking to punish the Germans for their murder of her husband. A battle ensues that Hepburn wins. She tends to win all the wars here; she does it in a very kind but firm manner. Later, she decides that his days of being an alcoholic are over by throwing all his booze away while he is asleep.

She has a deep faith about her but is never too pushy about it. Lots of adventures, the bugs, the dried up river, getting shot at, and finally beached. Huston does what could never be shown today. They pray for deliverance and, as they sleep, God pours rain down and lifts their little boat into the lake. It was only a couple of hundred yards away. The movie is almost ineffable, I struggle to do it justice with words. Like the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, I am not in love with words. The movie is the sweetest little tale of two very different people that fall in love without full orchestras behind them. The attack on the German ship, even the journey itself, is secondary to these two lonely people coming together quite realistically. I have never been a huge fan of Hepburn, though her talent is undeniable, she is at her very best here. We admire Bogie's patience, protection and growing affection for her.

It is a very small, quiet, little movie. It is not for the comic book generation. Sorry, it is devoid of what make today's movies such a trial: kung fu, explosions, screaming, knifings, shootings, and non stop brainless action. The movie is about these two antithetical souls coming together; the river's path is but an existential metaphor. In true Hegelian fashion, we get thesis, antithesis and at the end a beautiful synthesis. Each soul changed from its association with the other. One of the most powerful love stories, believe me, when a misanthropist philosopher adores this romance: what does that tell you? A Real Masterpiece From John Huston.

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