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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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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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19 January 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El último rey de Escocia  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$17,605,861 (USA) (18 May 2007)
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To prepare for his role as Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker put on nearly 50 pounds of fat. See more »

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(at around 1h 55 mins) When 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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Good Movie!
25 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really loved the movie, Forest was GREAT! I do wish it would have been told from Idi Amin prospective or the people, a good book about this is "The Shattered Pearl" by Sara Armstrong. The movie did have facts, but could have had more details on how the people felt living under his Regime. Since so many media outlets were blocked from entering the country at that time, only the people there could have told a more genuine story. I did like the location and the scene selections. When out on DVD I will purchase this one for my collection, we will here more when Oscar nominations role around. But overall good movie, definitely Oscar worthy...Good Job Forest!


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