The African Queen

4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Digitally restored in time for its Sixtieth anniversary, this sprightly Bogart-Hepburn romantic adventure – detailing the steamboat ride undertaken by a boozy old Africa hand and a feisty Methodist missionary to torpedo a German gunboat at the outbreak of WWI – is back to the Technicolor dream it was in 1951. Clint Eastwood’s 1990 ‘White Hunter, Black Heart’ outlined the trials of director John Huston realising CS Forester’s 1930s novel on location; that Huston was more occupied with hunting is evident in some under-directed sequences. But, as basically a two-hander, it’s an actor’s film; and although Bogey seems embarrassed having to personify the redemptive forces of courage, love and duty, he’s well worth his Oscar; while Hepburn can play mettlesome and arousable in her sleep. Credit should also go to the crew; to Jack Cardiff for his frond-filled imagery and maestro sound recordist John Mitchell for his atmospheric soundscape.



Release details

105 mins

Cast and crew

John Huston
James Agee, John Huston, John Collier
Katharine Hepburn
Humphrey Bogart
Robert Morley
Peter Bull
Theodore Bikel
Walter Gotell

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