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Based on the C.S. Forester novel of the same name, and for your consideration, we offer the final draft script from 1951. Free, of course, from 8FLiX and Paramount Pictures.

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Just the facts, and everything else you should know.

"The African Queen" script is ranked 70th on WGA's list of the 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written (so far).

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Take a look at "The African Queen" logline.

In WWI East Africa, a gin-swilling Canadian riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced English missionary to undertake a trip up a treacherous river and use his boat to attack a German gunship. Paramount Pictures

"The African Queen" Screenplay Details.

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Okay, here are the facts:

An artist's rendering of Katharine Hepburn as Rose Sayer and Humphrey Bogart as Charlie Allnutt from the movie poster for the 1951 film The African Queen.
Type ...
SCANNED
Version ... Final
Date ... 1951
Pages ... 137
Genres ... AdventureDramaRomance
Screenplay ... James AgeeJohn Huston
IMDb ID ... 0043265

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Glossary

Wondering about the screenplay's origin? Here's what we know.

DUPLICATE
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It's the same, but different.

All right, so our understanding is that a professional screenwriter retyped the original script. Think of it as a modern-day "photocopy." So, that means you'll see all of the original author's spelling, grammatical, and/or formatting anomalies.

FYC
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For Your Consideration.

When you see a script labelled as "FYC", it's as good as gold! FYC screenplays are made public each year during what is commonly referred to as "awards season." Rest assured, we got this right from the author or studio.

ORIGINAL
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Official, authentic, real.

Like FYC screenplays, this is an official copy provided by the studio or original author.

REPLICA
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Unofficial reproduction.

This is a tricky one to explain. On one hand, this screenplay is an unofficial copy. On the other, it's formatted and transcribed by a professional writer and not a fan. Basically, that's why we've chosen to list it. So, although the typesetting and dialogue may be accurate, the scenarios and action blocks are likely not the works of the original credited screenwriter.

SCANNED
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Digitized version of the screenplay-actual.

Using a scanner, the paper version of the ORIGINAL script was digitized. Yep, it's that simple.

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