The African Queen Overview:

The African Queen (1951) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by John Huston and produced by Sam Spiegel and John Woolf.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by C.S. (Cecil Scott) Forester published in 1935.

SYNOPSIS

The boozing, smoking, cussing captain of a tramp steamer, Charlie Allnut (Bogart) saves prim and proper Rose Sayer (Hepburn) after her brother is killed by German soldiers at the beginning of WWI in Africa. Many quarrels later, the two set sail on the Ulonga-Bora in order to sabotage a German ship. Based on the 1935 book by novelist C.S. Forester, the wonderful combination of Hepburn and Bogie (who won an Oscar) makes this a thoroughly enjoyable blend of comedy and adventure. Later came the book (and Clint Eastwood film) White Hunter, Black Heart, which chronicled Peter Viertel's experiences observing Huston throughout the making of the picture.

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The African Queen was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1994.

Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorHumphrey BogartWon
Best ActressKatharine HepburnNominated
Best DirectorJohn HustonNominated
Best WritingJames Agee, John HustonNominated
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And you call yourself a Christian! Do you hear me? Don’t ya? Don’t ya? Huh??What ya being so mean for, Miss? A man takes a drop too much once and a while, it’s only human nature. ~ Charlie Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above. ~ Rose Sometimes when gre... Read full article


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By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 14, 2017 From 4 Star Films

And you call yourself a Christian! Do you hear me? Don’t ya? Don’t ya? Huh??What ya being so mean for, Miss? A man takes a drop too much once and a while, it’s only human nature. ~ Charlie Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above. ~ Rose Sometimes when gre... Read full article


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The African Queen (1951) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Katharine Hepburn plays a missionary to East Africa who falls for boat captain Humphrey Bogart in this classic romance set during World War I. Each Friday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the rea... Read full article


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Quotes from

Charlie Allnut: What a time we had Rosie, what a time we had.


Rose Sayer: [after travelling through the rapids] Now that I've had a taste of it I don't wonder why you love boating.


Rose Sayer: Dear Lord, We've come to the end of our journey, and in a little while we'll stand before you. I pray for you to be merciful. Judge us not for our weaknesses, but for our love and open the doors of heaven for Charlie and me.


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Facts about

According to Katharine Hepburn's autobiography, John Huston initially found her performance too serious-minded. One day, he visited her hut and suggested that she model her performance on Eleanor Roosevelt; putting on her "society smile" in the face of all adversity. After Huston left, Hepburn sat for a moment before deciding, "That is the best piece of direction I have ever heard."
The scenes in the reed-filled riverbank were filmed in Dalyan, Turkey.
Humphrey Bogart's part had to be substantially rewritten before filming since his character was originally a Cockney riverman, and Bogart couldn't do a Cockney accent.
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