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The Kitchen Toto (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 April 1988 (Japan)
The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.

Director:

Harry Hook

Writer:

Harry Hook
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Cast

Credited cast:
Edwin Mahinda Edwin Mahinda ... Mwangi
Bob Peck ... John Graham
Phyllis Logan ... Janet Graham
Nicholas Charles Nicholas Charles ... Mugo
Ronald Pirie Ronald Pirie ... Edward Graham
Robert Urquhart ... D.C. McKinnon
Kirsten Hughes Kirsten Hughes ... Mary McKinnon
Edward Judd ... Dick Luis
Nathan Dambuza Mdledle Nathan Dambuza Mdledle ... Mzee, Mawangi's Father
Ann Wanjuga Ann Wanjuga ... Mwangi's Mother
Job Seda Job Seda ... Kamau
Leo Wringer Leo Wringer ... Sergeant Stephen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayub Ogada Ayub Ogada ... Kamau
Paul Onsongo Paul Onsongo ... Thenge Oath giver
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Storyline

The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.

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Plot Keywords:

mau mau | kenya | africa | swahili | murder | See All (8) »

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Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cozinha de Toto See more »

Filming Locations:

Kakamega Forest, Kenya See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$101,807
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Last theatrical film of Edward Judd. See more »

Soundtracks

Red Roses for You
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Music by Sam Fonteyn
KPM Music Ltd
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Insightful portrait of childhood, colonialism and bloody rebellion
19 November 2012 | by martys-7See all my reviews

A houseboy befriends his white master's son in 1950s Kenya while marauding rebels plan murder and mayhem.

The brilliance of this movie is how it manages to tell a story involving children whose innocence and purity will be compromised by the imploding colonial world, white colonialists living a comfortable yet deluded life by exploiting native Kenyans, and murderous rebels whose raging savagery will not spare innocent lives.

Poignant, deep, unflinching, well-acted, perfectly photographed, this is a minor masterpiece not to be easily forgotten. Its story may be a footnote yet it presents the elements that fueled African rebellion and shaped the future politics of sub-Saharan nations. A must see.


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