Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The African Queen Review










The African Queen


Release Date: 23rd December 1951 - USA


Production Companies
Romulus Films (presents)
Horizon Films


Genre: Adventure

Rating: G

Runtime: 100 minutes


Budget: $1,000,000

Box Office Gross: $10,750,000
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
After religious spinster's
missionary brother is killed
in WWI Africa, dissolute
steamer captain offers her
safe passage. She's not
satisfied so she persuades
him to destroy a German
gunboat. The two spend
most of their time fighting
with each other rather than
the Germans. Time alone
on the river leads to love.


Cast
Humphrey Bogart - Charlie Allnut
Katherine Hepburn - Rose Sayer
Robert Morley - Rev. Samuel Sayer
Peter Bull - Captain of Louisa
Theodore Bikel - First Officer
Walter Gotell - Second Officer
Peter Swanwick - First Officer of Shona
Richard Marner - Second Officer of Shona

Crew
Writer/Director - John Huston
Based on Novel "The African
Queen" - C.S. Forester
Writers - James Agee, John Collier (Uncredited)
and Peter Viertel (Uncredited)
Producers - Sam Spiegel and John Woolf (Uncredited)
Art Director - Wilfred Shingleton
Costume Designer: Miss Hepburn's -
Doris Langley Moore
Director of Photography - Jack Cardiff
Film Editor - Ralph Kempen
Music - Allan Grey


Awards

1952 Academy Awards
Best Actor - Humphrey Bogart (Won)
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Best Actress - Katherine Hepburn (Nominated)
Best Director - John Huston (Nominated)
Best Writing, Screenplay - James Agee and
John Huston (Nominated)


Review
THE AFRICAN QUEEN is a 1951 romantic adventure film which is remembered as one of the defining films of its era. In my era, the recognised Hollywood acting couples were Tom Cruise/Nicole Kidman, Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore, Richard Gere/Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan just to name a few. This film isn't delicate enough to be reputed as the greatest movie of all time. Though THE AFRICAN QUEEN is still good, enjoyable and uplifted by the strong chemistry its two notable actors who portrayed the fictional romantic couple and deliver a heart-warming love story between two indifferent people who embark on an adventure. It was a good directorial decision to cast Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn by director John Huston as these two lead actors are very convincing in creating a connection between their characters.

I am glad to have watched THE AFRICAN QUEEN and felt that even with its age, it still can be appreciated as a classic love story. This film has aged well, and all though it may not have been perfect, it is still entertaining and fun to watch.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie


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