THE AFRICAN QUEEN

The Missionary and the Captain

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Release Date: February 20, 1952

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Katherine
Hepburn, Robert Morley

Genre: War Drama

Audience: All

Rating: Code Approved

Runtime: 105 minutes

Distributor: United Artists

Director: John Huston

Executive Producer:

Producer: A.P. Eagle

Writer: James Agee, John Huston

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Gary Barber, CEO/Chairman
MGM Studios Inc. – United Artists
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MGM Home Entertainment
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Content:

(CCC, BBB, PP, V, N, AA, M) A strong Christian/Moral worldview with repentance, reform and sacrifice; patriotic themes; no foul language; Germans attack a mission, they kill innocent people and destroy the village, a large boat is sunk; no sex; upper male nudity as leeches are removed from a man’s back; drunkenness, but the drinking habit is condemned and overcome; property owned by boat captain (alcohol) is destroyed without his permission.


Summary:

THE AFRICAN QUEEN is the story of a missionary (Katherine Hepburn) transforming the life of a drunken riverboat captain (Humphrey Bogart) and convincing him to use his small boat to attack a German gunboat. It’s a powerful story of faith and redemption set at the beginning of World War I.


Review:

THE AFRICAN QUEEN is the story of a missionary (Katherine Hepburn) transforming the life of a drunken riverboat captain (Humphrey Bogart) and convincing him to use his small boat to attack a German gunboat. It’s a powerful story of faith and redemption set at the beginning of World War I.



As the movie opens, brother and sister Samuel and Rose Sayer (Hepburn) run a mission in the village of Kungdu, German East Africa. Canadian steamboat captain Charlie Allnut (Bogart) delivers some mail and supplies and tells that war has broken out between Germany and Britain. The missionaries decide to stay. The Germans burn down the village, and Samuel is beaten for protesting and soon dies. Rose and Charlie head down river in Charlie’s boat “the African Queen”. Charlie mentions that a German gunboat down river is blocking British counter attacks. Rose talks Charlie into turning the African Queen into a torpedo and trying to sink the much larger German ship. A long and dangerous journey past gunners, through rapids and across a difficult marsh are required to get to the German ship. In the course of the journey Charlie is greatly changed by Rose.



THE AFRICAN QUEEN contains some heavy drinking, which Rose puts a stops, and there are some disturbing scenes of the two pulling the ship through some reeds and getting covered in leeches (not advisable for small children). Other than this, it is a very inspiring movie with a strong Christian and biblical worldview. Endurance, sacrifice and true love are exemplified. There is even a wonderful point where human ability seems exhausted and God provides the solution.


In Brief:

In THE AFRICAN QUEEN, brother and sister Samuel and Rose Sayer run a mission in a village in East Africa. Steamboat captain Charlie Allnut delivers some mail and supplies and tells them that war has broken out between Germany and Britain. The missionaries decide to stay. The Germans burn down the village, and Samuel is killed. Rose and Charlie head down river in Charlie’s boat named “the African Queen”. Charlie mentions that a German gunboat down river is blocking British counter attacks. They turn the African Queen into a torpedo to try to sink the much larger German ship. A dangerous journey past gunners, through rapids and across a difficult marsh are required to get to the German ship.



The movie contains some heavy drinking, which Rose puts a stops, and there are some disturbing scenes of the two pulling the ship through some reeds and getting covered in leeches. Other than this, it is a very inspiring movie. Endurance, sacrifice and true love are exemplified. There is even a wonderful point where human ability seems exhausted, and God provides the solution.