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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

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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)

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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was based on the book by Giles Foden, who also cameos as a British Journalist at the press conference held by Amin. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when Amin's men at the airport see that Garrigan has escaped, a flat screen TV is in the back of the lounge. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nicholas Garrigan: Come on! Are youse ready?
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Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

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Love Is You
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Great Acting! and Gillian Anderson!
24 February 2007 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

I like movies based on real people in history. Because of the Oscar buzz surrounding Forest Whitaker now, I knew this movie is about Idi Amin. This is of course a familiar name in my childhood (asked in General Information contests), but I don't really know much about him, except that he was a dictator.

This film has a documentary feel to it. It is really very realistic, even if upon reading background info that the Dr. Garrigan character is fictional. Even though granted that the Idi Amin regime was compressed into a coherent Hollywood storyline, it does not feel contrived. The final sequence of events at the Entebbe Airport was very suspenseful indeed.

Idi Amin was not really the lead character in this movie. It is actually Dr. Nicholas Garrigan. Being a physician, I could not help but be able to identify with his situation and dilemmas. Would you accept to be the personal physician of a country's president upon his personal request? It seems to be an offer and career opportunity you could not refuse.

There is sex and violence in this movie. I could not agree though with Dr. Garrigan's rashness regarding his love affairs, particularly his morals of hooking up with wives of his supposed friends. But considering that this movie is set in the 1970s, that was a totally different world pre-HIV. The violence, what can I say? After watching one violent film after the other, you get sort of anesthetized already. That said, the scene with hooks at the airport was still something else! The acting is very good. Forest Whitaker has channeled the Idi Amin persona very effectively. I could feel the scary and suffocating craziness whenever he is on screen. There's something about this performance being based on a real character though. I think it would be harder to essay a totally fictional character since you have to create this new character from scratch. And I feel James McAvoy (who was actually Mr. Tumnus in "Narnia"!) did so very well as Dr. Garrigan. You dislike him, yet you can empathize the stickiness of his situation.

Before I end this review, I have to mention that I was very happy to see the luminous Ms. Gillian Anderson again. I totally did not know she was in this film and it was a welcome surprise. She handled her few scenes as the wife of a volunteer doctor very well indeed. I hope she gets meatier movie roles in the future.


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