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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)
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Cast

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 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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Details

Country:

Czech Republic | UK | USA | France

Language:

Tswana | English

Release Date:

10 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Um Reino Unido 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,901,302, 19 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,819,139, 23 July 2017
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Botswanan people were invited to be extras in the film. On the first day of filming, 3000 people turned up. See more »

Goofs

The Chevrolet sedan being used is a 1949 model. Thus, it wouldn't have existed yet. It is clearly stated that the action takes place in 1947. See more »

Quotes

Roberts: [to Seretse on seeing him with Ruth] Keep your hands off our property
Ruth Williams: [offended] I'M NOT YOUR PROPERTY
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Soundtracks

Pula Kgosi Seretse
Written by Miriam Makeba
Performed by Miriam Makeba & Skylarks
Published by © Gallo Music Publishers (SAMRO)
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Savagely under-rated, A United Kingdom is 2016's hidden gem
25 March 2017 | by dfhampshireSee all my reviews

A United Kingdom is a true and gripping tale which handles it true historical source material with aplomb. With fantastic performances from Oyelowo and especially Pike, the central characters plight is beautifully illustrated. It's not perfect; some of the writing is a little clunky, but the character chemistry is there, and you leave the movie theatre feeling like a part of the story.

Quite how this movie receives the rating it does is completely beyond me. I can only imagine that half the voters didn't in fact see the movie.


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