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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:
Stephen Rwangyezi ...
Jonah Wasswa
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 ...
Mrs. Garrigan
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:

£861,991 (United Kingdom), 14 January 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$142,899, 1 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,605,861, 20 May 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$48,363,516, 31 December 2006
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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 »


In 1971 in Uganda number plates were letters and numbers. See more »


[first lines]
Nicholas Garrigan: Come on! Are youse ready?
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Bukom Mashie
Performed by Oscar Sully & The Uhuru Dance Band
Written by Oscar Sully
Published by Soundway Music
Licensed courtesy of Soundway Records
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Basically this is excellent historical fiction about the torturous Idi Amin
24 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

There have been so few pictures this year that are standouts. This movie is one of them. Much of what you will see is true, and did occur in Uganda's history. Amin's doctor, played by James Macavoy, is the main fiction in the movie, but one would think they are watching a historical event. Macavoy's character is so real. The doctor grows from a free thinking, adventure loving, womanizer, to a scared, concerned, and enlightened person. The viewer watches through Macavoys eyes as he witnesses the horrors of Amin's (Forest Whitaker's) presidency and regime.

Forest Whitaker, IS Amin in this feature. Whitaker is not the silent sometimes brooding character you remember in other films he has been in. His accent,his face, and his emotions seem to no longer be Whitaker's but Amin's. This movie will scare the viewer because of its realism, and how it builds up to a tension that is hard to endure. The visuals are not for the squeamish. Go ahead and hide your eyes during the "tough" scenes. It is still worth seeing this movie for the fast paced story, realistic drama, fascinating tale, and for the unbelievable acting. By the end of the movie the audience is exhausted, but satisfied that they saw a worthy flick.

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