I can’t remember how many times I’ve seen this movie and it never disappoints. This 1951 adventure film has it all: a great cast, excellent writing, romance, adventure, and humor. For those of you who have been living under a rock, here’s the blurb from IMDb
In Africa during WW1, a gin-swilling riverboat owner/captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship.
Let’s talk about Bogart and Hepburn. Seriously folks can you picture any other actors in these roles? Talk about nailing it. To my knowledge they’ve never remade this film and I sincerely hope that they never do. Bogart won an Academy Award for his performance and it was the only Oscar he ever received during his career—that’s kinda shocking to me. Hepburn was nominated, but didn’t win. Vivien Leigh won Best Actress that year for A Streetcar Named Desire, a movie I haven’t seen. I must now, considering Leigh beat Hepburn.
I would love to learn more about the filming of The African Queen. The DVD that I watched had a brief documentary on it and from what I saw it wasn’t easy filming this flick since they shot a lot of the scenes in Africa.
What I love most about this film is that it reminds me of my grandparents. Growing up, I didn’t live near them. But we visited every summer. During our visits we’d usually watch old films and this one was a favorite. Each time I watch it, it makes me think of them and I have this odd feeling that they are closer to me. Or maybe I just want to believe that. Either way, it’s a good feeling.
Now The Better Half was away on business when I watched this film. However, Miles and Att watched it with me. Poor Miles was so tired the night I popped it in. He tried so hard to stay awake.
Att was inspired by this film and the next day he tried to bust out of the back garden.
Just in case you’re wondering, Atticus wasn’t successful breaking out. Thank goodness.
The next movie on the list is Network—uh, I haven’t heard of it. Have you?