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I was never a big fan of the "classics",
This review is from: The African Queen [VHS] (VHS Tape)
...but I love this movie! Well-acted, spectacular scenery and a few unexpected surprises -- this movie holds up very well after nearly 50 years.
Okay, to the plot -- Charlie Olnutt (Humphrey Bogart) is the carefree, Canadian gin-swilling skipper of the "African Queen", a beat-up mail steamer that plies the rivers of East Africa at the beginning of World War I. Rose (Katherine Hepburn) is a prim British missionary, who hitches a ride with Olnutt when her missionary brother dies after an encounter with German soldiers. However, the two have very different ideas on how to proceed. Olnutt is content to wait out the war in a remote spot along the river. Rose believes the two should somehow contribute to the war effort. Eventually, the pair agree to rig the African Queen with two homemade torpedoes in order to destroy a large German steamship which is prowling Lake Victoria. But getting to the lake just as dangerous. Charlie and Rose find themselves battling deadly rapids, crocodiles, leeches, a German fort and each other on their journey.
My favorite scene is when Charlie calls Rose a "skinny old maid". Rose's chin quivers, but then she collects herself -- and makes Charlie pay.
A very memorable movie that is well worth the money.