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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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(screenplay by), (based on the ESPN Magazine article and book by)
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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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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 »


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Not Your Typical Feel Good Disney Movie, and that Makes it All the More Inspiring
2 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

From the trailers one would guess that The Queen of Katwe is the typical formulaic and inspirational sports story, but it is much more. While segments of it are the same old story told and retold so beautifully, with a few unexpected twist and turns, is also a study of how success affects family ties and how character is king, even in the grim slums of Uganda. It offers a realistic and harshly honest, for a Disney film, look at Africa, with prostitution references and poor medical care reoccurring throughout the story. While the harsh environment might not make the viewer feel good, it makes the story all the more inspiring. The cinematography is excellent, with great shots of the children reacting to a world they had never seen before, be it an upper crust school, snow or the view from a airplane window. Great performances from the cast.

I highly recommend The Queen of Katwe.


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