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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 & 19 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 Nikita Waligwa ... Gloria
Edgar Kanyike Edgar Kanyike ... Joseph
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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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:

Reina de 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,805,918, 23 December 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,367,161, 5 June 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

Quotes

Robert Katende: [Robert speaking to Phiona] Sometimes the place you are use to... is not the place where you belong
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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 »

Connections

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

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Brian, My Brother!
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Written by Alex Heffes
(p) Walt Disney Records
2016 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
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Not Your Typical Feel Good Disney Movie, and that Makes it All the More Inspiring
2 October 2016 | by cwjohnsonjrSee 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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