Movie Review: The African Queen (1951)


TitleThe African Queen
Release Date: 1951 December 23
Director: John Huston
Production Company: United Artists
Summary/Review:

Happy Valentines Day! Rewatching this movie made me realize it’s the ultimate Rom-Com in which woman decides that their first date should be to cruise down some rapids and torpedo a boat. Wackiness ensues!  Seriously though, The African Queen was always a favorite when I was young but it’s been decades since I’ve watched it.  The movie loses points for the casually colonialist/racist opening scenes.  But once you have Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart alone on a boat, it’s a treasure.  These two actors seem to so effortlessly become the characters they’re playing.  And the cinematography is spectacular, especially for a color movie filmed on location in 1950.  A deserved classic.

Rating: ****1/2

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: The African Queen (1951)

    1. 5 stars – all-time classic (I’m very stingy with these)
      4 stars – a particularly interesting, well-done, or important movie
      3 stars – a good, solid movie from start to finish
      2 stars – not a good movie on the whole but has some good parts
      1 star or fewer – basically a bad movie with no redeeming values

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