20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Adventure, comedy and romance,
This review is from: The African Queen [DVD] (DVD)
Katherine Hepburn and her clergyman brother (Robert Morley) are missionaries in darkest Africaduring WW1. When Morley dies of some horrible tropical disease, a tough, hard-drinking vulgar riverboat captain (Humphrey Bogart) helps Hepburn to escape from the advancing German troops and takes her off down the river in his grubby little boat The African Queen. When Hepburn discovers that Bogart has dynamite on board, she conceives the brilliant idea of building a torpedo and blowing up a German gunboat. As they travel down the river together they at first seem the most ill-matched couple, but gradually come to like and respect each other, and eventually, of course, to fall in love. They have many adventures and several narrow escapes from death on their hazardous journey This film has absolutely everything to delight, two wonderful characters, an exciting plot, spectacular scenery, and an absoloutely thrilling, suspenceful climax. Hepburn has the two best lines in the film. When they have just shot the rapids, and Bogart is expecting her to be terrified, she exclaims joyfully "I never dreamed any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!" Then later when Bogart has got drunk and she has poured all his whisky into the river, he tells her reproachfully that it's only natural, and she replies coldy "Nature, Mr Alnut,is what we are put in this world to rise above" Absolutely wonderful film.