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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


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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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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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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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the darkest of dark comedies

Really, having always been a big history buff I've long been fascinated by Idi Amin, quite possibly one of the strangest figures of the 20th century; a common criminal, a ruthless dictator, a murderer of millions, and a really flat-out insane yet lovably charming idiotic megalomaniac. This movie had been on my radar for years but was just too hard to find. However I must say "thank you very much" to the wonderful world of grindhouse cinema for finally making this film available to me.

Just watching the first 2 minutes I already knew this movie was going to be good. However, I just did not expect it to be so funny. Amin's atrocities are played up to maximum effect of the time, but in a way so dated, low-budget, and trying-to-be-serious that it slingshots its way into morbid hilarity. Exacerbating this is the pacing, which never stops to worry about things like "character development" or "plot" but just zips along from horror to horror filling in the vague historical details with lots of violence and lurid sex thrown in for good measure.

AMIN: RISE AND FALL is certainly not perfect. It's cheap and rather flatly directed but the cinematography and editing are certainly serviceable. Acting is literally all over the map with a lot of the extras just goofing around (check out the Amin supporter who he awards the Indian shop to) and a lot of others really trying hard to make this thing a powerful event picture. Mismatched stock footage and strangeness abound, but it all sort of fits in with the goofy grindhouse exploitation experience of the whole thing.

The actor portraying Amin does it with such gusto that it's hard to remember you're not watching a cartoon character but actually a realistic portrayal of a historical madman. It makes the experience of watching this film even more emotionally complex, realizing all this insanity actually happened, hundreds of thousands of innocent people died, and the economy of the country was ruined all on account of this lunatic. To top it all off he totally got away with it all and escaped to live out his days as a wealthy man in Saudi Arabia! What's just mind-boggling is that so many others just stood around and partook in the madness. What were those crookedly complicit Ugandan generals all thinking when he started awarding medals to his six-year-old son or ordering bombs to be dropped next to his own wedding? AMIN: RISE AND FALL is sleazy as all hell but certainly no disappointment for fans of this sort of thing. It would fit in well on a double or triple bill with Africa ADDIO or GOODBYE UNCLE TOM.

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