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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 1970's.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Junju
Stephen Rwangyezi ...
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ...
Masanga (as Abby Mukiibi)
Adam Kotz ...
Sam Okelo ...
Sarah Nagayi ...
Chris Wilson ...
Dick Stockley ...
Times Journalist (as Dr. Dick Stockley)
Barbara Rafferty ...
David Ashton ...


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último rey de Escocia  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Director Kevin Macdonald and his producers met Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni to get permission to film in Uganda. "He really responded to the idea that we wanted to make a film about Ugandan history in the same way that everybody we met responded," recalls Macdonald. "They wanted this story to be told. They didn't feel prejudiced against us because we were foreigners wanting to tell their story - they were very generous, and the president gave us carte blanche and even allowed us to film in the parliament building while parliament was in session. We also had the co-operation of the army and we were allowed to close down the main street in the city." See more »


(at around 1h 50 mins) The Amarula liquor bottles shown in the Duty Free shop in the airport couldn't have been there at that time, because this South-African product wasn't marketed until 1989. See more »


[first lines]
Nicholas Garrigan: Come on! Are youse ready?
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Forrest Whitaker alone is worth the price of admission
24 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How can an actor terrify you without saying a word, without even hardly moving his face or body? I'm not sure how he does it, but Mr. Whitaker does it over and over again in this movie. And then he turns around the next minute and becomes giant hug-able teddy bear superhero. Forget all the others, this is the best horror film of the year. This movie, and his performance in particular, grab hold of you and never let go. Whitaker should win an Oscar for best actor, I've never seen a better performance in my life. Also notable is the Nicholas Garrigan character who is written and acted very skilfully to draw the (non-African) spectator into the world of Uganda and Amin. The way his character willingly "falls into" Amin's web of charisma somehow goes a long way toward mitigating the racist potential of a story about a very troubled (African black) man. The way the interplay of the two lead character's cultural backgrounds plays out on screen moves the story beyond just their personalities and into the realm of incisive socio-political analysis and critique. This movie is quite incredible, really.

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