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The African Queen

(DVD - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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At the start of World War I, German imperial troops burn down a mission in Africa. The mission's clergyman was so overtaken with disappointment that he passes away. Shortly after his well-educated, snooty sister Rose buries her brother, she must leave on the only available transport, the 'African Queen' steamboat. The boat is manned by the ill-mannered bachelor, Charlie. Together they embark on a long difficult journey, without any comfort. Rose grows determined to assist in the British war effort and presses Charlie until he finally agrees and together they steam up the Ulana encountering an enemy fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites and an endlessly branching stream which always seems to lead them to what appear to be impenetrable swamps. Despite their opposing personalities, the two grow closer to each other and ultimately carry out their plan to take out a German warship.
Statement of Responsibility: Horizon Pictures presents ; a Horizon-Romulus production ; produced by Sam Spiegel ; adapted for the screen by James Agee & John Huston ; directed by John Huston ; distributed by Madison Reports and Releasing Corp
Title: The African Queen
[videorecording]
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, ©2010
Country of Producing Entity: United States Great Britain
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Based on the novel by C.S. Forester
Originally released as a motion picture in 1951
Special features: "Embracing chaos: making the African Queen" featurette
Contents: Special features: "Embracing chaos: making the African Queen" featurette
Credits: Director of photography, Jack Cardiff ; editor, Ralph Kemplen ; music, Allan Gray.
Performers: Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley, Theodore Bikel, Peter Bull, Walter Gotell, Peter Swanwick, Richard Marner.
Summary: At the start of World War I, German imperial troops burn down a mission in Africa. The mission's clergyman was so overtaken with disappointment that he passes away. Shortly after his well-educated, snooty sister Rose buries her brother, she must leave on the only available transport, the 'African Queen' steamboat. The boat is manned by the ill-mannered bachelor, Charlie. Together they embark on a long difficult journey, without any comfort. Rose grows determined to assist in the British war effort and presses Charlie until he finally agrees and together they steam up the Ulana encountering an enemy fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites and an endlessly branching stream which always seems to lead them to what appear to be impenetrable swamps. Despite their opposing personalities, the two grow closer to each other and ultimately carry out their plan to take out a German warship.
Audience: MPAA Not rated
System Details: DVD, NTSC, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital
DVD, NTSC, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital
DVD, NTSC, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital
DVD, NTSC, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital
DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital
Other Language: In English (mono.), French (mono.), Spanish (mono.) or Portuguese (mono.) with optional subtitles in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese; closed-captioned in English
Awards & Distinctions: ["<br>Named to the National Film Registry in 1994 by the Library of Congress", "<br>Winner, Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart), 1952 Academy Awards (U.S.)", "<br>Named to the National Film Registry in 1994 by the Library of Congress", "<br>Winner, Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart), 1952 Academy Awards (U.S.)", "<br>Named to the National Film Registry in 1994 by the Library of Congress", "<br>Winner, Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart), 1952 Academy Awards (U.S.)", "<br>Named to the National Film Registry in 1994 by the Library of Congress", "<br>Winner, Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart), 1952 Academy Awards (U.S.)", "<br>Academy Award for Best Actor (Bogart)"]
Subject Headings: Forester, C. S. (Cecil Scott), 1899-1966 Film adaptations Steamboats Africa Drama Steamboats Passenger accommodation Drama Bachelors Africa Drama Man-woman relationships Africa Drama World War, 1914-1918 Campaigns Africa Drama Warships Drama
Genre/Form: Action and adventure films
Romance films
War films
Historical films
Film adaptations
Fiction films
Feature films
Feature films-United States
Feature films-Great Britain
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Steamboats
Steamboats
Bachelors
Man-woman relationships
World War, 1914-1918
Warships
Publisher No: 37014
ISBN: 1415719349
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
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May 24, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting war/advenuture film with good perfromances from Hepburn and Bogart

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Jul 14, 2011
  • KELINALAHMI rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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