Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


The African Queen

Posted on

DVD FIT FOR ROYALTY Our critic raves over the extras on The African Queen
Everett Collection

The African Queen

Current Status:
In Season
Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Robert Morley
John Huston
ActionAdventure, Romance

We gave it an A

Imagine if Melville’s Moby-Dick were out of print or if the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s were available only on beat-up vinyl. That’s pretty much where things stood with John Huston’s white-knuckle, white-water, Technicolor masterpiece The African Queen?until now. Making its long-overdue DVD debut, Queen has never looked better. Watching the gorgeously restored print, it’s as if you’re witnessing the classic film for the first time. And what a film it is. Bogart is hilariously crusty as a hard-drinking river rat who journeys downriver on a rickety steamer with a prim missionary (a flawless, lock-jawed Hepburn), trying to stay one step ahead of the Germans. The box set’s EXTRAS are an embarrassment of riches too: lobby card reproductions, a copy of Hepburn’s on-set diary, and a second disc with Bogie’s radio broadcast of the timeless adventure. A must-have. A