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Quotations from The African Queen

The African Queen is a romantic adventure war film that takes place in Africa during WWI. The film is about a Canadian riverboat captain who is persuaded by a British Methodist missionary to turn his boat into a torpedo ship and use it to attack a German gunboat. The film's name comes from the name of the boat. Directed by John Huston. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and Robert Morley. Based on the novel of the same name by C. S. Forester.

The African Queen has received great critical acclaim throughout the years. It is constantly listed as one of the best films ever made. After its release, it was nominated for four Oscar awards and won one for Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart). Continue reading for some great quotes from the film The African Queen.


Charlie Allnut: [his stomach is growling] Ain't a thing I can do about it.
Charlie Allnut: Well I ain't sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!
Charlie Allnut: You know why did the chicken cross the road.
Rose Sayer: [missing the joke] I beg your pardon.
Charlie Allnut: Nevermind, miss.
Charlie Allnut: I don't know why the Germans would want this God-forsaken place.
Rose Sayer: God has not forsaken this place, Mr. Allnut, as my brother's presence here bears witness.
Rose Sayer: Mr. Allnut! Mr. Allnut, you may come in out of the rain!
Charlie Allnut: A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it's only human nature.
Rose Sayer: Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.
Rose Sayer: Mr. Allnut?
Charlie Allnut: Yes, miss.
Captain of Louisa: By the authority vested in me by Kaiser William II, I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution.
Captain of Louisa: I think I shall have to hang you twice.
Charlie: All this fool talk about The Louisa. Goin' down the river...
Rose: What do you mean?
Charlie: I mean we ain't goin' to do nothin' of the sort.
Rose: Why, of course we're going! What an absurd idea!
Charlie: What an absurd idea! What an absurd idea! Lady, I may be a born fool, but you got ten absurd ideas to my one, an' don't you forget it!
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