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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

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Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s

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In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Charming. Magnetic. Murderous.


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Rated R for some strong violence and gruesome images, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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19 January 2007 (USA)  »

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El último rey de Escocia  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$142,899 (USA) (29 September 2006)

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$17,605,861 (USA) (18 May 2007)
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The Times journalist is played by Dr. Dick Stockley who is a British doctor who lives and works in Kampala, Uganda. See more »

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(at around 1h 50 mins) At Entebbe Airport, there is a long line of African flags running alongside the terminal between it and the runway. It is visible in a number of shots. Among the flags we can clearly see the flag of the rebel Republic of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), which neither Uganda, nor any other country, recognized. See more »

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Nicholas Garrigan: Come on! Are youse ready?
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Nakawunde
Performed by Percussion Discussion Afrika
Written by Mike Musoke and Herman Sewanyana
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A Taut Political Thriller
5 July 2014 | by (Worcester, England) – See all my reviews

Gripping, brutal and powerful, 'The Last King of Scotland' is a brilliant dramatic depiction of the life of megalomaniac Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, perfectly portrayed by Forest Whitaker in his Oscar-winning performance as one of the greatest casting against type roles seen in film. His Amin is capricious and unpredictable, a personality that can seem volcanic one moment and vulnerable a few minutes later. A blunt and brutal tale, and one that is highly engaging from start to finish. A taut political thriller about power and corruption. Macdonald's riveting and incandescent direction caps this fictionalised drama, a truly stunning flick that remains as a highlight of film in 2006.


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