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THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951)
Set in Africa, during WW II, when the Rev. Samuel Sayer suddenly passes away, steam boat "captain," Charlie Allnut, finds himself transporting Sayer's sister, Rose, back to civilization. In the meantime, however, the two will tackle their antithetical personalities, and, of course, the Germans, in this classic blockbuster Romance.
#17 on the AFI Top 100.
Director, John Huston, delivered up a perfect piece of entertainment with this film. Huston received a nomination for best directing.
"The greatest adventure a man ever lived... with a woman!"
The basic story involves a perilous trip up the Congo by a boozy captain (Bogart), and a pious woman (Katharine Hepburn), during World War I, who encounter natural dangers and Germans along the way. The highly entertaining script was by James Agee and Huston, adapting C.S. Forester's novel.
At the start of World War I, Charlie Allnut
(Bogart) is using his steamer to move supplies to the villages
in East Africa. Also, a brother and sister missionary team,
Rev. Samual (Robert Morley), and Rose Sayers, ran a mission
along the river. When the Germans come and kill the good Reverend,
Rose convinces Charlie to take her back to the civilization,
out of her dangerous situation. Through all their adventures
with natural dangers, and the nasty Germans, these two opposites
form a bond, which turns into love.