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A United Kingdom (2016)

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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.

Director:

Amma Asante

Writers:

Guy Hibbert (screenplay by), Susan Williams (based upon the book 'Colour Bar' by)
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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Storyline

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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The true story of a love that shook an empire.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Jazz swing favourite Adam Topliss has been cast in an undisclosed role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Alistair Canning: [from the trailer] Now you'll see how an empire defends itself Mr Khama
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Soundtracks

I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
Words by Al Neiburg
Music by Doc Daugherty and Ellis Reynolds
Perforrned by Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra
(c) Copyright by Bourne Co.
Copyright Renewed
All Rights Reserved, International Copyright Secured ASCAP
Courtesy of Verve Records (United States)
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Good and Effective For What It Was Trying to Do
6 March 2017 | by themovieparadiseSee all my reviews

I had never heard of this story, so it was fascinating to learn about it through the movie. What was interesting was that while the heart of the film was Oyelowo and Pike's relationship, it wasn't necessarily the focus of the movie. The first half features them falling in love and marrying, and the second half is about the political repercussions, and the Botswanans attempts to gain independence from the British. It's almost as if everyone in the film used the relationship as an excuse to act on tensions that had been building for years. So in that regard, I was surprised. The performances are also brilliant. David Oyelowo absolutely shines in this film. I think he was ultimately better in Selma, but he turns in an A-grade performance that unfortunately is being overlooked. I do think Oyelowo outshined Pike, but she was still very good. The two had excellent chemistry, and worked beautifully together on screen...


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Country:

Czech Republic | UK | France | USA

Language:

Tswana | English

Release Date:

10 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A United Kingdom See more »

Filming Locations:

Serowe, Botswana See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,510, 12 February 2017

Gross USA:

$3,902,185

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,459,330
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2.35 : 1
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