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The Kitchen Toto (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 April 1988 (Japan)
The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Edwin Mahinda ...
Mwangi
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Janet Graham
Nicholas Charles ...
Mugo
Ronald Pirie ...
Edward Graham
...
D.C. McKinnon
Kirsten Hughes ...
Mary McKinnon
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Dick Luis
Nathan Dambuza Mdledle ...
Mzee, Mawangi's Father
Ann Wanjuga ...
Mwangi's Mother
Job Seda ...
Kamau
Leo Wringer ...
Sergeant Stephen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayub Ogada ...
Kamau
Paul Onsongo ...
Thenge Oath giver
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The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.

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mau mau | kenya | africa | swahili | murder | See All (8) »

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29 April 1988 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A Cozinha de Toto  »

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$101,807 (USA)
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Last theatrical film of Edward Judd. See more »

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Red Roses for You
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Music by Sam Fonteyn
KPM Music Ltd
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Insightful portrait of childhood, colonialism and bloody rebellion
19 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A houseboy befriends his white master's son in 1950s Kenya while marauding rebels plan murder and mayhem.

The brilliance of this movie is how it manages to tell a story involving children whose innocence and purity will be compromised by the imploding colonial world, white colonialists living a comfortable yet deluded life by exploiting native Kenyans, and murderous rebels whose raging savagery will not spare innocent lives.

Poignant, deep, unflinching, well-acted, perfectly photographed, this is a minor masterpiece not to be easily forgotten. Its story may be a footnote yet it presents the elements that fueled African rebellion and shaped the future politics of sub-Saharan nations. A must see.


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