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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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Kevin Macdonald

Writers:

Peter Morgan (screenplay), Jeremy Brock (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Idi Amin
James McAvoy ... Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
Kerry Washington ... Kay Amin
Gillian Anderson ... Sarah Merrit
Simon McBurney ... Stone
David Oyelowo ... Dr. Junju
Stephen Rwangyezi Stephen Rwangyezi ... Jonah Wasswa
Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga ... Masanga (as Abby Mukiibi)
Adam Kotz Adam Kotz ... Dr. Merrit
Sam Okelo Sam Okelo ... Bonny
Sarah Nagayi Sarah Nagayi ... Tolu
Chris Wilson Chris Wilson ... Perkins
Dick Stockley Dick Stockley ... Times Journalist (as Dr. Dick Stockley)
Barbara Rafferty Barbara Rafferty ... Mrs. Garrigan
David Ashton David Ashton ... Dr. Garrigan - Senior
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Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

UK | Germany

Language:

English | French | German | Swahili

Release Date:

19 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último rey de Escocia See more »

Filming Locations:

Kampala, Uganda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Forest Whitaker's Best Actor Oscar win was this film's only Oscar nomination. See more »

Goofs

The Southern Comfort bottle in the airport's Duty Free shop is the 21st century 70 proof blend. A 1970s bottle would have been 76 proof, with a different label. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nicholas Garrigan: Come on! Are youse ready?
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Connections

Referenced in Dancing with the Stars: Episode #6.2 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Kasongo
Performed by Afrigo Band
Produced by Alex Heffes
Written by Kasongo Wakenema
Published by Kasongo Wakenema
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Story of Idi Amin's Ugandan rule from his personal doctor's POV
20 September 2006 | by fivepointsSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at a free Pre-Screening in Hollywood 9-19-06. Here's the good, the bad and the ugly. THE GOOD: Forrest W. acted his butt off in this one. Amazing. In fact, all of the actor's performances were terrific. The shooting locations were beautiful. There was a lot of suspense in the film and at times I was on the edge of my seat waiting for the next scene. I must admit the story was really good. There were absolutely wonderful camera shots and angles. THE BAD: Gratuitous sex and violence. Say what you will about Alfred Hitchcock being from another era in film making, but his ideas about implied violence and sex in most of his films were good ones. THE UGLY: I would have enjoyed the film a lot more if it had been told from the POV of Idi Amin, one of his wives or a Ugandan in his cabinet. CONCLUSION: Would I pay to see this film? Yes. END


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