09 July 2010
The African Queen (1951)
Well, yeah, but I never tried shooting myself in the head neither.
So basically: Katherine Hepburn plays Rose Sayer who has been in Africa for ten years with her brother, a Reverend in a small village. Charlie Allnut, played by Humphrey Bogart, runs a small ship, The African Queen. On the onset of World War One, the Germans attack the small village and Rose's brother dies. Without anything left and in need of a place to hide, she seeks refuge on The African Queen. There she comes up with a plan to destroy the Luisa, one of Germany's war ships, and Mr Allnut tires to talk her out of it, to no avail.
This movie is a classic. I'm not too fond of Humphrey Bogart, but he was brilliant in this film alongside Katherine Hepburn. Ah! Katherine Hepburn! You may remember my love of her from The Philadelphia Story. Here, she's as head strong as ever and takes nothing from nobody; once she comes up with her torpedo plan, not even Bogie can stop her! The romance aspect was inevitable, however, I wish they would have done it a little better. Once they are established as a couple, as it were, Rosie loses some of her edge, but not enough to make her sickeningly sweet, thank goodness!
This should defs be higher up on the list! And everyone should see it. You'd think a movie about two people going down a river would get boring, but till the very end, it holds onto your attention.
Ziggi seal of approval!