英文名：The African Queen
类型：喜剧 爱情 冒险 战争
导演：约翰·休斯顿 John Huston
演员：汉弗莱·博加特 Humphrey Bogart
凯瑟琳·赫本 Katharine Hepburn
西奥多·比凯尔 Theodore Bikel Peter Bull
沃特·高特尔 Walter Gotell Errol John Richard Marner
罗伯特·莫利 Robert Morley
1914年9月，第一次世界大战开始时，Samuel Sayer 和他的妹妹Rose
当Charlie 警告他们说德国和英国之间爆发了战争时，Sayer 兄妹选择留下来，结果却目睹了德国人烧毁了传教村，把村民赶走了。当Samuel
抗议时，他遭到一名德国士兵的殴打。德国人离开后，Samuel 因发烧而神志不清，很快就死了。Charlie 不久就回来了。他帮助Rose
Samuel Sayer and his sister Rose are British Methodist missionaries in the
village of Kungdu in German East Africa at the beginning of World War I in
September 1914. Their mail and supplies are delivered by a small steam launch
named the African Queen, helmed by the rough-and-ready Canadian boat captain
Charlie Allnut, whose coarse behavior they tolerate in a rather stiff manner.
When Charlie warns them that war has broken out between Germany and Britain,
the Sayers choose to stay on, only to witness the Germans burn down the mission
village and herd the villagers away. When Samuel protests, he is beaten by a
German soldier. After the Germans leave, Samuel becomes delirious with fever and
soon dies. Charlie returns shortly afterward. He helps Rose bury her brother,
and they set off in the African Queen.
Charlie mentions to Rose that the Germans have a gunboat, the K?nigin Luise
("Queen Luise"), which patrols a large lake downriver, effectively blocking any
British attacks. Rose comes up with a plan to convert the African Queen into a
torpedo boat and sink the K?nigin Luise. Charlie points out that navigating the
Ulanga River to get to the lake would be suicidal: they would have to pass a
German fort and negotiate several dangerous rapids. But Rose is insistent and
eventually persuades him to go along with the plan.
They get through the first set of rapids with minimal flooding in the boat.
But when they pass the fortress and the soldiers begin shooting at them, the
bullets damage the boiler. Charlie manages to reattach a pressure hose just as
they are about to enter the second set of rapids. The boat rolls and pitches as
it goes down the rapids, leading to more severe flooding in the boat. However,
they make it through.
While celebrating their success, the two find themselves in an embrace.
Embarrassed, they break off, but eventually succumb and strike up a
relationship. The third set of rapids damage the propeller shaft. Rigging up a
simple forge on shore, Charlie straightens the shaft, welds a new blade onto the
prop, and they are off again.
All appears lost when the boat becomes mired in the mud and dense reeds near
the mouth of the river. They try to tow the boat through the muck, only to have
Charlie come out of the water covered with leeches. With no supplies left and
short of potable water, Rose and a feverish Charlie turn in. As they sleep,
exhausted and beaten, heavy rains raise the river's level and float the African
Queen off of the mud and into the lake. Once on the lake, they narrowly avoid
being spotted by the K?nigin Luise.
Over the next two days, Charlie and Rose convert some oxygen cylinders into
torpedoes using gelatin explosives and improvised detonators. They push the
torpedoes through holes cut in the bow of the African Queen as improvised spar
torpedoes. The K?nigin Luise returns, and Charlie and Rose steam the African
Queen out onto the lake in darkness, intending to set her on a collision course.
A strong storm strikes which causes water to pour into the African Queen through
the torpedo holes. Eventually the African Queen capsizes, throwing them both
into the water. Charlie loses sight of Rose in the storm.
Charlie is captured and taken aboard the K?nigin Luise, where he is questioned
by the captain. Believing Rose to have drowned, he makes no attempt to defend
himself against accusations of spying, and the German captain sentences him to
death by hanging. However, Rose is captured and brought to the K?nigin Luise
just after Charlie's sentence is pronounced. The captain questions her, and Rose
confesses the whole plot proudly, deciding they have nothing to lose. The
captain sentences her to be executed as a spy. Charlie asks the German captain
to marry them before executing them. After a brief marriage ceremony, there is
an explosion and the K?nigin Luise quickly capsizes. The K?nigin Luise has
struck the overturned hull of the African Queen and detonated the torpedoes. The
newly married couple happily swims to safety.
汉弗莱·博加特 Humphrey Bogart .... Charlie Allnut
凯瑟琳·赫本 Katharine Hepburn .... Rose Sayer
西奥多·比凯尔 Theodore Bikel .... First Officer
Peter Bull .... Captain of Louisa
沃特·高特尔 Walter Gotell .... Second Officer
Errol John .... (uncredited)
Richard Marner .... Second Officer of Shona
罗伯特·莫利 Robert Morley .... Rev. Samuel Sayer
Gerald Onn .... Petty Officer (uncredited)
Peter Swanwick .... First Officer of Shona