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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.

Director:

Mira Nair

Writers:

William Wheeler (screenplay by), Tim Crothers (based on the ESPN Magazine article and book by)
2 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Madina Nalwanga ... Phiona Mutesi
David Oyelowo ... Robert Katende
Lupita Nyong'o ... Nakku Harriet
Martin Kabanza ... Mugabi Brian
Taryn Kyaze Taryn Kyaze ... Night (as Taryn "Kay" Kyaze)
Ivan Jacobo Ivan Jacobo ... Young Richard
Nicolas Levesque Nicolas Levesque ... Older Richard
Ronald Ssemaganda Ronald Ssemaganda ... Ivan
Ethan Nazario Lubega Ethan Nazario Lubega ... Benjamin
Nikita Waligwa ... Gloria
Edgar Kanyike Edgar Kanyike ... Joseph
Esther Tebandeke Esther Tebandeke ... Sara Katende
Hope Katende ... Hope Katende
Philip Luswata Philip Luswata ... Minister Aloysius Kyazze
Peter Odeke Peter Odeke ... Enoch Barumba
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Storyline

Living in Katwe, a slum in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona, her mother Nakku Harriet and younger members of her family. She and her younger brother help their mother sell maize in the market. She also helps care for her baby brother. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende at a missionary program. Katende coaches soccer and teaches children to play chess at a local center. Curious, Phiona approaches and learns the game. She becomes fascinated with it and soon becomes a top player in the group under Katende's guidance.

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

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

"Queen of Katwe" was filmed in Uganda and South Africa. See more »

Goofs

Every game of chess but one ends with a checkmate, something which hardly ever happens once players have acquired some experience. The one exception is when Phiona resigns a game which is treated as a personal crisis, when in fact it's normal to resign from hopeless positions - especially when playing with the black pieces, for this brings the disadvantage of not making the first move.

Never seen in the movie are any games ending with a draw, which in chess is extremely common. See more »

Quotes

Phiona Mutesi: [Around 143:00] Checkmate !
[Phiona and Nakku both giggle]
Phiona Mutesi: You must consider the other side of your board.
[Phiona and Nakku high five each other as Robert puts both hands behind his head]
Phiona Mutesi: .
Robert Katende: Nowadays you beat me so easily. Here I think strategy must run in your blood... Did one of your ancestors command a great army?
Phiona Mutesi: These pieces are my army.
Robert Katende: You must play at Rwabushenyi. It is the premiere tournament in their country. You will be playing international masters... or do you fear losing?
Phiona Mutesi: Losing teaches me...
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Crazy Credits

The credits are displayed initially with images from the film and of the characters and events beside/ behind them. This then changes to a music clip of "#1 Spice" by Young Cardamom And Hab (from the soundtrack) being shown to the left of the credits. The clip continues until the end of the credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in WatchMojo: Top 10 Great Movies You Missed This Fall (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Escape from Hospital
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Written by Alex Heffes
(p) 2016 Walt Disney Records
RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
Amazing and inspirational
18 April 2020 | by mps_animaxfriendsSee all my reviews

I loved this movie! So different to the usual American based movies, and the story was told so beautifully. I'm not going to lie, the movie was long, but it definitely helped build the suspense. The acting was amazing and the casting was spectacular. The characters really stand out. I also really liked that they got the real people and the actors who played them at the end. It was a cute touch. This movie should have been hyped up more.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen of Katwe See more »

Filming Locations:

Kampala, Uganda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$304,933, 25 September 2016

Gross USA:

$8,874,389

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,367,161
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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