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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.



(screenplay by), (based upon the book 'Colour Bar' by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Seretse Khama
... Ruth Williams
... Rufus Lancaster
... Sir Alistair Canning
... Muriel Williams
... Naledi Khama
... Lady Lilly Canning
Vusi Kunene ... Tshekedi Khama
... George Williams
... Charles
... Dot Williams
... Olivia Lancaster
... Michael Nash
... Ella Khama
... 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 (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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Release Date:

10 February 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Reino Unido  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,510, 12 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,901,302, 19 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,819,139, 23 July 2017
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bits and pieces of this story is told in Alexander McCall Smith's best selling "Number 1 Ladies Detective" series. See more »


In the scene when everyone is listening to the radio, Ruth is supposed to be pregnant. But she is wearing a dress, with her waist just showing by her elbow, that she wore in an earlier scene when she was not pregnant. See more »


Alistair Canning: [from the trailer] Now you'll see how an empire defends itself Mr Khama
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No Baby, No Nobody But You
Lyrics and Music by Seger Ellis
Performed by Stan Kenton and June Christy
Published by EMI United Partnership Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed Courtesy of Capitol Records Inc.
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 See 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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