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(Updated April 20)



The African Queen

Must-See Cinema! One of John Huston's greatest pictures!

Poster artwork for The African Queen‘I never dreamed that mere physical experience could be so stimulating!’ The speaker is the prim Christian missionary Miss Rose Sayer, played by Katharine Hepburn, having breathlessly piloted a rickety old boat through some rapids. John Huston’s film is a ripping, gripping yarn, a surprisingly erotic love story and, as it happens, a premonition of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo.

Humphrey Bogart plays the boozy riverboat captain in German east Africa who with the outbreak of war in 1914 grumpily agrees to help British national Miss Sayer escape the enemy. Just as their downriver journey starts to look like a metaphor for sexual initiation…it becomes an actual sexual initiation. The courage and lip-quivering vulnerability of Hepburn are tremendous.

– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Copyright note: We have been unable to find the correct rights holder for this film. If you represent the licensed distributor for theatrical exhibition of this film in Canada or North America, please contact us. A portion of the revenues from our screenings will be held in trust and paid to you upon receipt of documentation verifying your claim. Please e-mail us at or telephone (613) 789-4600. 

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