The African Queen (1951) Movie Poster

Quotes from The African Queen (1951)

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    • [exasperated and angry]
    • Charlie Allnut: Well I ain't sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!
    • Charlie: We can't do that!
    • Rose: How do you know? You never tried it.
    • Charlie: Well, yeah, but I never tried shooting myself in the head neither.
    • 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.
    • Charlie Allnut: How'd you like it?
    • Rose Sayer: Like it?
    • Charlie Allnut: White water rapids!
    • Rose Sayer: I never dreamed...
    • Charlie Allnut: I don't blame you for being scared - not one bit. Nobody with good sense ain't scared of white water...
    • Rose Sayer: I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!
    • Charlie Allnut: What are you being so mean for, Miss? 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: Dear?... Dear?... What is your first name?
    • [skitting Rose]
    • Charlie Allnut: Can you make a torpedo? Well do so Mr. Allnut.
    • 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!
    • [his stomach is growling]
    • Charlie Allnut: Ain't a thing I can do about it.
    • Charlie Allnut: You know why did the chicken cross the road.
    • [missing the joke]
    • Rose Sayer: I beg your pardon.
    • Charlie Allnut: Nevermind, miss.
    • Rose Sayer: Mr. Allnut! Mr. Allnut, you may come in out of the rain!
    • [repeated line]
    • Rose Sayer: Mr. Allnut?
    • Charlie Allnut: Yes, miss.
    • [after travelling through the rapids]
    • Rose Sayer: Now that I've had a taste of it I don't wonder why you love boating.
    • [as Charlie tries to stop her from revealing their plan]
    • Rose: Oh stop it, Charlie, we've been through all that. I'm certainly not going to outlive you and that's all there is to it!
    • [Annoyed with Charlie]
    • Captain of Louisa: I shall have to hang you twice, I think.
    • Charlie Allnut: One thing in the world I hate: leeches. Filthy little devils.
    • Rose Sayer: Dear Lord, we've come to the end of our journey. In a little while, we will stand before you. I pray for you to be merciful. Judge us not for our weakness, but for our love, and open the doors of heaven for Charlie and me.
    • Rose Sayer: Who do you think you are ordering me about?
    • Charlie Allnut: I'm the captain, that's what!
    • [after Charlie checks the boat for damage after going down a rather rough set of rapids]
    • Rose: Could you see anything, dear?
    • Charlie Allnut: Yeah. The shaft's twisted like a corkscrew and there's a blade gone off the prop.
    • Rose: We'll have to mend it, then.
    • Charlie Allnut: There ain't nothing so complicated as the inside of a torpedo.
    • Charlie Allnut: Let's go while the going's good.
    • Charlie Allnut: Nothin' a man can't do if he sets his mind to it. Never say die. That's my motto!
    • Charlie Allnut: Nobody in Africa, but yours truly, can get a good head of steam on the old African Queen.
    • Charlie Allnut: What a time we had Rosie, what a time we had.
    • Rose Sayer: Fancy me a heroine.
    • Captain of Louisa: By the authority vested in me by Kaiser William the Second I pronounce you man and wife. Proceed with the execution.
    • Charlie: It's a great thing to have a lady aboard with clean habits. It sets the man a good example. A man alone, he gets to living like a hog.
    • [about the drinking water they'll get from the engine's radiator]
    • Charlie Allnut: Of course, it'll taste a little rusty, but we can't have everything, can we?
    • Rose: I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!
    • Rose Sayer: Don't be worried, Mr. Allnut.
    • Charlie Allnut: Oh, I ain't worried, miss. Gave myself up for dead back when we started.
    • Rose: And when it's smooth and flat like that over there...
    • [she points at the river ahead of them]
    • Rose: ...does that mean a rock, Mr Allnut?
    • Charlie Allnut: Rock or hippo, miss. But don't go bumping into no hippo. Makes them awful mad. This boat's only big enough for the two of us.
    • Rose Sayer: Charlie, let me help you.
    • Charlie Allnut: How do you mean? What you think you're gonna do?
    • Rose Sayer: I'm going to go down there too.
    • Charlie Allnut: Rosie, are you cracked? The currents down there are fierce! I don't want a drownded woman on my hands! What will you be thinking of next?
    • Charlie Allnut: Fine specimen of a man, ain't I?
    • Rose Sayer: You're the bravest man that ever lived. You just over-do, that's all. What you need is a few hours' sleep. There, now you're all comfortable. Go to sleep, dear. When you wake up we'll be on our way again.
    • Charlie Allnut: Rosie?
    • Rose Sayer: Yes, darling.
    • Charlie Allnut: You want to know the truth, dont you? Even if we had all our strength we'd never get her off this mud. We're finished.
    • Rose Sayer: I know it.
    • Charlie Allnut: But Rosie, I'm not one bit sorry I came. What I mean is, it was worth it.
    • Captain of Louisa: And where is the African Queen?
    • Rose: She sank in the storm.
    • Captain of Louisa: But how did you get onto the lake?
    • Rose: We came down the Ulanga, the Bora you call it down here.
    • Captain of Louisa: That's impossible.
    • Rose: Nevertheless.
    • Captain of Louisa: But everyone knows it's unnavigable.
    • Rose: That may be, but we came down it though, didn't we, Charlie? And in the African Queen.
    • Charlie Allnut: You know, Rosie, I been thinkin'.
    • Rose Sayer: Now, look here, Charlie Allnut, I can manage this boat every bit as well as you can, and you know it!
    • Charlie Allnut: Rosie, you're cracked!
    • Rose Sayer: Yes, Charlie?
    • Charlie Allnut: Well, there ain't no use in us both going to do it. Now that I've had time to study it, I can plainly see it's a one-man job.
    • Rose Sayer: You couldn't be more right, Charlie dear.
    • Charlie Allnut: Well now, Rosie, I'm glad you agree with me. When the time comes I'll put you off on the east shore. You'll wait there while i attend to the Louisa.
    • Rose Sayer: Certainly not. You're the the one to be put ashore.
    • Charlie Allnut: Me?
    • Rose Sayer: This whole thing was my idea. I'm the logical one to carry it out.
    • Charlie Allnut: What! Rosie, you're a very sensible woman as a rule. Now we won't have any more talk about along those lines.
    • Rose Sayer: Oh Charlie, we're having our first quarrel.
    • [referring to their mended propeller]
    • Charlie Allnutt: It's turning right enough, but that don't mean nothin'. The question is, will she stand up under a full head of steam. Well, we'll get the answer out there - but the Lord help us if it ain't the right one.
    • [Charlie and Rose tread water after the Louisa sank when it struck one of the African Queen's torpedoes]
    • Charlie Allnutt: Hey, what happened?
    • Charlie Allnutt: We did it, Charlie! We did it!
    • Rose Sayer: But how?
    • [Rose points to the African Queen's name plate as it floats by]
    • [last lines]
    • Charlie Allnutt: You all right, Mrs. Allnut?
    • Rose Sayer: Wonderful, simply wonderful. And you, Mr. Allnut?
    • Charlie Allnutt: Pretty good for an old married man.
    • Rose Sayer: I'm all twisted around, Charlie? Which way is the East Shore?
    • Charlie Allnutt: The way we're swimming, old girl.
    • [singing]
    • Charlie Allnutt: There was an old fisherman / Set sail from off Pimlico / To catch the bold picky / And the gay mackerel...
    • [Rose joins in singing]
    • Charlie AllnuttRose Sayer: But when he got off Pimlico / The wind did begin to blow...
    • [first lines]
    • [singing hymn, "God of Grace and God of Glory]
    • African Parishioners of the First Methodist Church of KungduRose SayerThe Brother: Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven
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