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Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981)

Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (original title)
R | | Biography, Crime, Drama | May 1982 (USA)
The chronicle of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his tyranic rule from 1971 to his overthrow in 1979.


Sharad Patel


Wade Huie




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Olita Joseph Olita ... Idi Amin
Thomas Baptiste ... Dr. Michael Oloya
Leonard Trolley Leonard Trolley ... Bob Astles
Geoffrey Keen ... British Ambassador
Louis Mahoney ... Freedom fighter Ofumbi
André Maranne André Maranne ... French Ambassador
Denis Hills Denis Hills ... Himself
Tony Sibbald ... Canadian Ambassador Davis
Norbert Okare Norbert Okare ... Kiwanuka
Ka Vundla Ka Vundla ... Malyamungu
Martin Okello Martin Okello ... Amin Officer
Nicky Giles Nicky Giles ... White Girl
Ann Wanjuga Ann Wanjuga ... Mrs. Olaya
Gordon Gardner Gordon Gardner ... Israeli Ambassador
Alf Joint ... American Ambassador


This biographical movie begins with a short blurb about Uganda, followed by the joyous scenes surrounding Amin's military takeover from Milton Obote. He goes about arresting and torturing the rebels. In his freezer he keeps the heads of his rivals and says: "It is a Kaqwa way. I talk to them". Amin then goes about having Asians expelled from Uganda saying: "Uganda is for Ugandas. There will be no more Shahs and Patels. Let them swim back." After the infamous 1976 Entebbe hostage situation where Israeli commandos make a daring rescue of their citizens who were taken into Uganda on a hijacked plane, Amin has Dora Bloch (the only hostage the Israelis couldn't liberate) killed. Amin then goes on to believing he is the 'Hitler of Africa' and promises that he will actually erect a statue in honour of his namesake "in the middle of Kampala". Amin becomes a rather childish and sick psychopath who mixes voodoo, rape, torture, and dancing. He says things like: "I am the best lover of Africa", "... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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UK | Nigeria | Kenya



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Did You Know?


As a promotional gimmick, theaters showing the movie were given cardboard cutouts of Amin as well as bean bags. People going to see the movie were encouraged to hit the Amin cutout with the bean bags. Newspaper ads for the movie promoted the gimmick with the slogan "Vent your spleen! Bean Amin!" See more »


Idi Amin: Next time you address me, you will call me Al Hajji Idi Amin Dada, Field Marshal, MC, DSO, CBE - the Conqueror of the British Empire!
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Edited from General Idi Amin Dada: A Self Portrait (1974) See more »

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Disturbing but engrossing
3 October 2001 | by Hessian499See all my reviews

This movie is disturbing, grisly, and unpleasant - much like the reign of Idi Amin that it depicts. The film is quite graphic in its violence, and while this will make it hard to watch for some it is necessary to tell the true story of Amin. Olita plays Amin to the hilt, portraying him as a pompous killer who has no regard for human life or the fate of Uganda. We follow how Amin angers one foreign power after another, causing most Western powers to abandon Uganda; one memorable scene in the movie shows when the Soviets, Amin's last ally, pack up to leave the country and Amin rushes to the airport to try to stop them. Throughout the film he also murders anyone who opposes him, or even offends him in the slightest way. This movie really lays Amin and his rule bare; you see what a true despot was and Olita portrays his as having absolutely no redeeming qualities. Not easy to watch, but a fascinating story of a bizarre politician.

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