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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 1970's.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

El último rey de Escocia  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$17,605,861 (USA) (18 May 2007)
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Trivia

To prepare for his role as Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker put on nearly 50 pounds of fat. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene the call of a Red-Winged Blackbird can be clearly heard when the students jump off the dock. Red-Winged Blackbirds are new world birds and are non-native to Scotland. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nicholas Garrigan: Come on! Are youse ready?
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 30 September 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Scottish Rite 1-4
Performed by Forest Whitaker
Written by Suzie Katayama (as Suzie Katajama)
Licensed courtesy of Daniel Ssettaba of Roots Afrika
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Story of Idi Amin's Ugandan rule from his personal doctor's POV
20 September 2006 | by (Los Angeles, United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at a free Pre-Screening in Hollywood 9-19-06. Here's the good, the bad and the ugly. THE GOOD: Forrest W. acted his butt off in this one. Amazing. In fact, all of the actor's performances were terrific. The shooting locations were beautiful. There was a lot of suspense in the film and at times I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the next scene. I must admit the story was really good. There were absolutely wonderful camera shots and angles. THE BAD: Gratuitous sex and violence. Say what you will about Alfred Hitchcock being from another era in film making, but his ideas about implied violence and sex in most of his films were good ones. THE UGLY: I would have enjoyed the film a lot more if it had been told from the POV of Idi Amin, one of his wives or a Ugandan in his cabinet. CONCLUSION: Would I pay to see this film? Yes. END


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