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Director:
Writers:
C.S. Forester (novel)
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Release Date:
20 February 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The greatest adventure a man ever lived...with a woman!
Plot:
In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/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 4 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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
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)
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:
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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 | 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

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Trivia:
According to recent on-the-ground research in Britain's West Country, the legendary riverboat 'Queen Of Africa' was built at the Abdela & Mitchell Brimscombe works in Gloucestershire between 1908 and 1911.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Allnut gets wet sleeping under the open sky, and Rose finally lets him into the canopied part of the boat. After he falls asleep, she opens an umbrella to protect him from the rain. When she opens the umbrella, it is already wet, presumably from previous takes.See more »
Quotes:
Charlie:We can't do that!
Rose:How do you know? You never tried it.
Charlie:Well, yeah, but I never tried shooting myself in the head neither.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Road to Bali (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bold FishermanSee more »

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68 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
If some one remakes this, I'm sending out a posse., 17 August 2000
Author: kaytr (kaytr@execpc.com) from Four Star Video Heaven

To face a script in which most of the plot revolves around the dialogue of only two people in one location must be terrifying. Thank goodness for Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. John Huston's adaptation of C.S. Forester's The African Queen was solid. And the decision to film on location in Africa helped develop the concept of nature as a viable character within the plot helps solidify the film. But without Katharine Hepburn, and Humphry Bogart, this film could have been reduced to a nice little travelog on the beauty and terror of African and the pretty animals living there. Within The African Queen each character undergoes metamorphosis. Charlie Alnutt grows from an apathetic man who enjoys the inside of a bottle, to a courageous man. Rosie in turn allows herself to be human, and vulnerable perhaps for the first time in her life. With lesser actors these changes would have appeared rushed, unexplained,and a dull beginning to an inexplicable romance. But it isn't. It's a captivating film. Rosie's brittle smile, Charlie's face as his vices are destroyed, these are moments of brilliance in an incredible film. I highly recommend it.

It's also worth noting that this was not an easy film to make. These performances survived crew and cast illnesses, constant mechanical errors and inclement weather. For more about the conditions it was created under, I suggest you read Katherine Hepburn's The Making of The African Queen or How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall and Huston and almost lost my mind. She's not the sanest author in the world, but all the more enjoyable.

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