Watched John Huston's 1952 Adventure Drama "The African Queen"

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"Well I ain't sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!"
--Charlie Allnut as played by
Humphrey Bogart

The African Queen is an adventure drama film about a British missionary and a Canadian boat captain in East Africa and their journey to try to attack a German gunboat during World War I. It's based on a novel by C.S. Forester. This movie is #65 on the AFI 100.

Humphrey Bogart plays Charlie Allnut, the unrefined, gin-drinking, Canadian captain of a steamboat called the African Queen.
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Katherine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer, who along with her brother Samuel (played by Robert Morley) serve as Methodist missionaries in a village in East Africa in 1914. When the village is attacked by the Germans, Samuel is hurt.
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Shortly after the incident with the Germans, Samuel goes delirious and dies. Rose decides to leave with Charlie when he comes to visit the village.
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While Charlie is a little rough around the edges, Rose is a very proper English woman. Their opposing personalities clash right away as they have very different opinions on going down the river to attack the Germans. (Charlie doesn't want to do it, but Rose convinces him.)
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After a drunk Charlie tells Rose he won't do what she wants because he thinks it's basically a suicide mission, his entire alcohol stash gets tossed.
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From here, Rose and Charlie face intense challenges that test their commitment to their cause and to each other.
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The Blu-ray transfer of this movie looks phenomenal. It was digitally restored in 2009.
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I really liked this movie. Bogart and Hepburn are both outstanding. The pacing is very good, and the story is one that exemplifies the will of the human spirit. Even when the odds were stacked against them and it looked like all was lost, they kept going. If you want to see a film that inspires you to never give up, see this one. It's wonderful!

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The African Queen on Blu-ray
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