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The African Queen -- 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.
The African Queen -- The African Queen: DVD/Blu-ray Trailer
The African Queen -- Clip: Tea
The African Queen -- Featurette: Restoring The African Queen part two
The African Queen -- Clip: Torpedo


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C.S. Forester (novel)
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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 »
User Reviews:
A Great Classic With Everything You Could Ask For See more (205 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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Additional Details

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?

With only two days left to go on the shoot, everyone was on edge and ready to go home. When John Huston announced that he would need three additional days to film, there was a near mutiny. Humphrey Bogart was furious and so was the crew. Huston tried to appease everyone with a rousing "team spirit" speech, which was met with frustration. The cast and crew agreed to stay longer, but they believed that the schedule could be speeded up if they all pulled together. They decided on the last Friday to record all of the sound over Saturday and Sunday, while all props and electrical equipment could be shipped out Sunday night. Only the camera, a few crew members, and Bogart, Katharine Hepburn and Huston would remain until the very end. The last location shots were completed by noon on Monday, with everyone going straight to the airport. Bogart was elated to be out of there.See more »
Factual errors: When they are passing the German fort, the Germans and Askaris are using British Long Lee Enfield rifles, not German Mausers.See more »
Charlie Allnut:[his stomach is growling] Ain't a thing I can do about it.See more »
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62 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
A Great Classic With Everything You Could Ask For, 2 August 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This great classic has everything you could ask for - two fine stars who could carry the show by themselves, and a story full of adventure, drama, humor, and romance. It's a lot of fun to watch, and it is also a film you can admire for the expert way it was put together.

Bogart and Hepburn not only give great performances, they are also wonderful together, and they make the on-screen relationship between their characters believable and interesting - it's great to watch as it develops. The adventures that they find are that much more entertaining for the way that you come to care about them. The story itself is exciting, too, with a lot of ups and downs for the heroes. Topping it off are the wonderful settings, with a lot of fine shots of wild animals and jungle scenery - there is always plenty to look at, and it also sets off the action nicely.

Any one of a number of things would make "The African Queen" worth watching, and as a whole it is a terrific movie. It's a must-see for any fan of classic movies, and one that you can also enjoy watching numerous times.

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