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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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12 January 2007 (UK)  »

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The Last King of Scotland  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£861,991 (UK) (12 January 2007)

Gross:

$17,605,861 (USA) (18 May 2007)
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The film opened on general release in Uganda on February 23, 2007. See more »

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In the scene where the children run beside Amin's car and wave to Garrigan, thinking the president is inside the car, a digital wristwatch is visible at one child's arm, especially in the slow motion at the end of the film. See more »

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[first lines]
Nicholas Garrigan: Come on! Are youse ready?
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Written by Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin & King Curtis (as Curtis Ousley)
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Oscar is written all over it
26 September 2006 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

A freshly graduated young doctor Nicolas from Scotland went to Uganda in 1970s hoping that he could offer his helping hands to the Ugandan people. Instead of serving the poor and needed, he met the charismatic Uganda dictator Idi Amin and his life is forever changed.

I didn't know anything about Idi Amin before the film, but I know a great deal about him after the film. He is charismatic yet brutal. I can see myself to become his friend when I first meet him and then realize that he can be the worst monster in my life and I want to escape far away from him. Idi Amin's character is so lively and fascinating in this film, through the terrific performance by Forest Whitaker.

I know it's just the beginning of the Oscar season, but Forest Whitaker definitely gives an Oscar worthy performance in this film as Idi Amin.

It's such a gripping film that keeps me on the edge of my seat all the time.

The performance is outstanding, the cinematography is breathtaking, the story is compelling, the music is deeply moving, and the film is simply fantastic.

And the Oscar is written all over it.

Yes, I am giving it a rare 10 out of 10.


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