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In WWI East Africa, a gin-swilling Canadian riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced English missionary to undertake a trip up a treacherous river and use his boat to attack a German gunship.

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Charlie Allnutt
Rose Sayer
Rev. Samuel Sayer - The Brother
Captain of Louisa
First Officer
Second Officer
First Officer of Shona
Second Officer of Shona
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Arbour ...
German Sergeant Major at Kungdu (uncredited)
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joseph Layode ...
African Sergeant (uncredited)
Gerald Onn ...
Petty Officer (uncredited)
John von Kotze ...
German Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

John Huston

Written by

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
James Woolf ... co-producer (uncredited)
John Woolf ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

Allan Gray

Cinematography by

Jack Cardiff ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Ralph Kemplen

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)

Art Direction by

Wilfred Shingleton

Costume Design by

Doris Langley Moore ... (costumes designed by)

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
Harry Arbour ... carpenter (uncredited)
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)
Bill Chitty ... electrician (uncredited)
Desmond Davis ... clapper loader: studio (uncredited)
Arthur Graham ... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser ... assistant camera: Technicolor (uncredited)
Joe Vincent ... grip (uncredited)
John von Kotze ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Geoff Wallace ... maintenance: camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Connie De Pinna ... costume designer: other clothes
Doris Langley Moore ... costume designer: Miss Hepburn
Vi Murray ... wardrobe mistress

Location Management

Bunny Allen ... location manager (uncredited)
Edward Joseph ... location scout (uncredited)
V.B. Lyndon-Haynes ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

Norman Del Mar ... conductor

Script and Continuity Department

Angela Allen ... continuity

Additional Crew

Fiona Maxwell ... project advisor: ITV Studios Global Ent. (2009 restoration)
Jeff McCarty ... project manager: Technicolor Film Preservation (2009 restoration)
Colleen Simpson ... managing director: Technicolor Film Preservation (2009 restoration)
Ron Smith ... restoration supervisor (2009 restoration)
Clay Speicher ... data management: Motion Picture Imaging (2009 restoration)
Keith Tufano ... film supervisor: ITV Studios Global Ent. (2009 restoration)
William Carroll ... maintenance technician (uncredited)
Fred Hymns ... production assistant (uncredited)
Myfanwy Jones ... production secretary (uncredited)
Kevin McClory ... assistant: Mr. Huston (uncredited)
Eva Monley ... production assistant (uncredited)
Terry Sharratt ... runner (uncredited)
Jeanie Sims ... secretary to producer (uncredited)
Howard Vernon ... voice dubbing (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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Plot Summary

September 1914, news reaches the colony in German East Africa that war has broken out across Europe making British Reverend Samuel Sayer a hostile foreigner. German imperial troops burn down his mission; he is beaten and dies of fever. His well-educated, snobbish sister Rose Sayer buries him and leaves by the only available transport, the dilapidated river steamboat 'African Queen' of grumpy Charlie Allnut. As if a long difficult journey without any comfort weren't bad enough for such odd companions, she is determined to find a way to do their part for the British war effort while avenging her brother and aims high, as God is obviously on their side: construct their own torpedo and use the converted steamboat to take out a huge German warship, the Louisa, which is hard to find or reach on the giant lake. She presses till Charlie accepts to steam up the Ulanga, brave a German fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites, and the endlessly branching river which seems to go nowhere but impenetrable swamps. Despite fierce rows and moral antagonism between a bossy devout abstentionist and a free-spirited libertine drunken loner, the two grow closer to each-other as their quest drags on. Written by KGF Vissers (corrected by Adds)

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Also Known As
  • La Reine africaine (France)
  • L'African Queen (France)
  • L'odyssée de l'African Queen (France)
  • African Queen (France)
  • African Queen (Germany)
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  • 105 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $10,750,000, 10 Apr 1990

Did You Know?

Trivia Sources claimed that everyone in the cast and crew got sick except Humphrey Bogart and John Huston, who said they avoided illness by essentially living on imported Scotch whiskey. Bogart later said, "All I ate was baked beans, canned asparagus and Scotch whiskey. Whenever a fly bit Huston or me, it dropped dead." See more »
Goofs The propeller on the boat is made of bronze (stainless steel hadn't been invented yet). Bronze cannot be easily welded, even with the proper equipment, but he welds a new blade to the propeller. (In the book, Allnut makes a replacement blade out of iron, and rivets it to the bronze propeller.) See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Spisok korabley (2008). See more »
Soundtracks God of Grace and God of Glory (Cwm Rhondda) See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: GERMAN EAST AFRICA September 1914 See more »
Quotes Captain of Louisa: By the authority vested in me by Kaiser William the Second I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution.
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