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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:
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 5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Love Isn't Just For the Young See more (197 total) »

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 (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)
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 | 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:
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #65 Greatest Movie of All Time.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After the African Queen gets clear of the mosquitoes and Charlie is comforting Rosie, both characters are in focus and the engine behind them isn't. However, the trees which are behind the engine are sharply in focus. This is proof that the scene was matted and looks very unnatural.See more »
Quotes:
Charlie:All this fool talk about The Louisa. Goin' down the river...
Rose:What do you mean?
Charlie:I mean we ain't goin' to do nothin' of the sort.
Rose:Why, of course we're going! What an absurd idea!
Charlie:What an absurd idea! What an absurd idea! Lady, I may be a born fool, but you got ten absurd ideas to my one, an' don't you forget it!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Cut Above (1985)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bold FishermanSee more »

FAQ

Was "The African Queen" actually shot in Africa?
What were Charlie and Rose doing in Africa?
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41 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Love Isn't Just For the Young, 18 June 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The African Queen is a significant historical film in two respects. Along with King Solomon's Mines it was the first American film to show the real Africa to the American public. Previously our ideas about Africa were gleaned from studio backlot jungles created for Tarzan films and the like. The African Queen changed all that, no cheap studio sets would do any more.

But also, The African Queen dealt with romance among mature adults in their forties. A ne'er do well river pilot on a ramshackle boat and the spinster sister of a missionary, thrown together by the circumstance of war.

Humphrey Bogart, our intrepid river pilot, makes a scheduled stop to deliver mail to the mission run by Robert Morley and Katharine Hepburn. And he breaks the news to them that World War I has started. Almost as soon as he leaves them, German troops from East Africa come to call. Bogie comes back and he finds Kate with her dead brother. They bury him and skedaddle. And while skedaddling they conceive of a cockeyed plan to help in the war effort.

To say what it is and what happens would spoil the story, but let me say this. The original opening of the film with Bogart coming in as church services are being conducted for a few hundred uncomprehending native Africans is Director John Huston's comment on the usefulness of the lives Morley and Hepburn have led up to that point. What Hepburn and Bogart accomplish by the end of the film makes up for the waste that was Hepburn's life.

But The African Queen is a great romance as well. Bogart became a great romantic star in Casablanca and he upholds the tradition here, winning an Academy Award for Best Actor. Katie Hepburn doesn't seem to miss her usual partner Spencer Tracy not a bit, the part of Rose Sayer is a perfect fit. As was remarked, they're going to have stories to tell their grandkids.

When I watch The African Queen I'm reminded of what Bogart's friend Frank Sinatra sang in one of his best ballads about how Love Isn't Just For the Young. Kate and Bogie sure prove it here.

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