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 and Rosie]
    • Captain of Louisa: I think I shall have to hang you twice.
    • 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, and in a little while we'll stand before you. I pray for you to be merciful. Judge us not for our weaknesses, 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.
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