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Queen of Katwe (2016)

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A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

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2 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Phiona Mutesi
... Robert Katende
... Nakku Harriet
... Mugabi Brian
Taryn Kyaze ... Night (as Taryn "Kay" Kyaze)
Ivan Jacobo ... Young Richard
Nicolas Levesque ... Older Richard
Ronald Ssemaganda ... Ivan
Ethan Nazario Lubega ... Benjamin
Nikita Waligwa ... Gloria
Edgar Kanyike ... Joseph
Esther Tebandeke ... Sara Katende
... Hope Katende
Philip Luswata ... Minister Aloysius Kyazze
Peter Odeke ... Enoch Barumba
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A Ugandan girl sees her world rapidly change after being introduced to the game of chess.

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One girl's triumphant path to becoming a chess champion.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material | See all certifications »

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30 September 2016 (USA)  »

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Reina de Katwe  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$304,933, 25 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,805,918, 23 December 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,367,161, 5 June 2017
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ugandan fashion mogul, Sylvia Owori, bought her way into the film as an extra at an auction that acted as a fundraiser for Maisha Film Labs. Other prizes included a "12 Years a Slave" DVD signed by Lupita Nyong'o. See more »

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Benjamin: [around 113:00 celebrating wins in international tournament in Sudan the three are at a table drinking floats and eating french fries] We use to eat rice and beans in the village... look at what we are eating now mmm mmm mmm.
Ivan: Ketchup... it's the greatest thing ever invented !
[laughing the 3 hold up one french fry with ketchup on it in a toasting fashion and say "ketchup yeah... Cheers"]
Ivan: .
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Crazy Credits

Just before the credits, there are short scenes of the major characters with the real people they portrayed. A brief synopsis of what the real people have done since the events of the film and are doing at the time of the film's completion is displayed as well. See more »

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Featured in Lorraine: Episode dated 21 October 2016 (2016) See more »

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Oswadde Nnyo
Written and Performed by Moses Matovu and Afrigo Band
Courtesy of Moses Matovu and Afrigo Band
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Queen of Katwe - Oscar worthy.
2 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Loved it well made and well acted. Teary in parts. It has been a while since a movie has had all the components of this movie. It captures how privileged we are in the west and out of pure will and following your passion you can come to be whom you really are against all odds.

The actors portrayed the story with great depth and conviction. I loved the end and hope all true story's have the chance to show (Those that are still living) their real persons as I felt it adds a realness to the story and movie final. Well directed as well.

There is a star in the making with actress Madina Nalwanga i am sure we will see allot more of her out standing performance.


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