The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.


Amma Asante


Guy Hibbert (screenplay by), Susan Williams (based upon the book 'Colour Bar' by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Oyelowo ... Seretse Khama
Rosamund Pike ... Ruth Williams
Tom Felton ... Rufus Lancaster
Jack Davenport ... Sir Alistair Canning
Laura Carmichael ... Muriel Williams
Terry Pheto ... Naledi Khama
Jessica Oyelowo ... Lady Lilly Canning
Vusi Kunene ... Tshekedi Khama
Nicholas Lyndhurst ... George Williams
Arnold Oceng ... Charles
Anastasia Hille ... Dot Williams
Charlotte Hope ... Olivia Lancaster
Theo Landey ... Michael Nash
Abena Ayivor ... Ella Khama
Jack Lowden ... Tony Benn


In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland is studying law in Britain in preparation for his eventual ascension to the throne. There, the dashing prince falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams, and they plan to marry. While they suspect that his uncle, the Regent, would disapprove, nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and domestic political tumult their defiant love would spark. Now facing a citizenry leery of a white Briton as their Queen, the international opposition is even more unyielding from the British holding their land as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa's racist backlash to this affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth must struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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The true story of a love that shook an empire.

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Rated PG-13 for some language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Filming occurred at the Old Royal Naval College (now University of Greenwich) in London on Monday 23rd November. See more »


When husband and wife arrive in the blue sedan at the Palapye Hotel, Rosamund Pike looks to her right and observes a man and woman being seated at a table outside the hotel. She then looks to her left and the same man and woman can be seen walking toward the hotel with a hotel porter carrying their bags. See more »


Seretse Khama: [from the trailer]
[as he sits beside her]
Seretse Khama: Did I tell you I didn't just marry you for your looks?
Ruth Williams: [laughs as she hitches up her skirt flashing her leg] Liar!
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Sometimes I'm Happy
Lyrics written by Irving Caesar and Clifford Grey
Music by Vincent Youmans
Performed by Jo Stafford
Published by Warner Bros. Inc. (ASCAP) © 1925 (Renewed)
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Inspiring untold story
3 May 2017 | by eyeintreesSee all my reviews

I love it when a story is told that many of us haven't heard of or known much about.

Although possibly oversimplified due to the necessity of keeping the movie within a normal viewing time, nonetheless, it's a very good story about an amazing piece of history.

Well acted, well directed and beautifully filmed, this is a film I'm very happy to have seen. It's an inspirational look at enduring love and intelligence, at people power and a nation's faith in their leader, as well as credibly showing yet again how the British Empire and their bevy of crooked prime ministers deem to destroy nations for greed and profit, and to boot, having the gall to treat anyone but themselves as underdogs.

An excellent film for what it is and I would recommend it.

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Release Date:

10 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Serowe, Botswana See more »


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$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,510, 12 February 2017

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2.35 : 1
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