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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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uganda | 1970s | hospital | scottish | scotland | See more »

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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£861,991 (UK) (12 January 2007)

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$17,605,861 (USA) (18 May 2007)
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Amin had several British doctors in real life, but not a Scottish one. The character Dr. Nicholas Garrigan is loosely based on Bob Astles, a British soldier and diplomat who was one of Amin's confidants, but who fell out of favor with him, and was temporarily sent to Makindye Prison, one of Uganda's most brutal prisons. See more »

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(at around 51 mins) When the President and the Doctor travel to Entebbe airport in the soft-top Mercedes and are ambushed - two white Bedford trucks block them to the front and the rear. The trucks are AWD Bedford's with a silver AWD logo mounted on the front. AWD took over Bedford trucks only in 1989 some 10-years after Amin was removed from Uganda (in 1979) See more »

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[first lines]
Nicholas Garrigan: Come on! Are youse ready?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Rainn Wilson/Arcade Fire (2007) See more »

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Acholi Pot Song
Performed by The Ndere Dance Troupe
Solo Voice Betty Akidi
Written by The Ndere Dance Troupe
Arranged by Stephen Rwangyezi
Published by Stephen Rwangyezi on behalf of The Ndere Dance Troupe
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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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