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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  19 January 2007 (USA)
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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is the first Western production shot in Uganda since Mississippi Masala (1991) in 1990. See more »


(at around 44 mins) When Drs Garrigan and Junju are discussing the chest X-ray it is the wrong way round - back to front. See more »


[first lines]
Nicholas Garrigan: Come on! Are youse ready?
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Afro Disco Beat
Performed by Tony Allen
Written by Tony Allen
Published by Planet Woo Sari
Represented by Eric Trosset
Licensed courtesy of Anthony Oladipo Allen
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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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