The African Queen

1951 NR 1h 45m Blu-ray / DVD

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The African Queen

1951 NR 1h 45m Blu-ray / DVD
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Charlie Allnut (Humphrey Bogart), the booze-guzzling, rough-hewn captain of a broken-down East African riverboat, teams with a straitlaced, iron-willed missionary (Katharine Hepburn) to take on a menacing German gunboat during World War I.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this WWI romantic comedy-adventure has a troubling threat of death-by-execution for the main characters. There is light violence in the form of gunfire and dangerous river rapids. Squeamish moments involve blood-sucking leeches and, to a lesser extent, a painful mosquito swarm. As with most old-school movies set in Africa, black natives are unimportant compared to the white-European folk -- but at least they aren't treated with contempt or mockery.

Sexual Content

Very mild suggestion that Charlie and Rose sleep together. Rose seems to be naked when bathing in the river (but actually she's covered with a slip).

Violence

A hail of gunfire. German soldiers bully people (one dies offscreen) and burn a grass-hut village. A threatened execution by hanging. Icky scene of Charlie plagued by blood-sucking leeches. Talk of torpedoes and bomb-building.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Love-story message of a greatest possible "opposites attract" variety, with staid, spinsterish Rose falling in love with ill-mannered, hard-drinking Charlie, and the two learning to appreciate and respect each other. Secondary theme about striving against near-impossible odds to fight tyrannical enemies.

Consumerism

A novel of the same name by C.S. Forester exists but has been completely overshadowed by the movie adaptation.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Charlie smokes cigars and drinks gin, finally to the point of drunkenness. Rose disapproves of alcohol, sending his stash into the river.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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