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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.



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


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.


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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Release Date:

30 September 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reina de Katwe  »

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Box Office


$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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Mira Nair decided to adapt "Queen of Katwe" into a film after making a documentary about the life of the man who trained Phiona Mutesi, Robert Katende. See more »


Robert Katende: [At 143:45 Robert looks across the table at Fiona] I can see your mothers strength in you Fiona... How is she?
[Fiona looks down not wanting to answer]
Robert Katende: If I could see my mother... for just one more time... I would have gave everything in my possession for that.
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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 »


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


Kuzaala Kujagaana
Written and Performed by Irene Namatovu
Courtesy of Da Nu Eagles
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Affirmative action in chess, lol
31 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Hi folks, as some of U know, Disney is notorious for taking an event, and drastically changing and bending what actually occurred, often to the point of making a movie that really has little to do with the event or story they claim to be representing --The actual background for this movie is as follows

FIDE awarded Phiona a women's IM title. Their requirements are that a woman must have had a peak rating of at least 2000 elo and scored at least 50% in a qualifying tourney. Apparently they bent the rules a lot to grant Phiona a WIM (women International master) title. Her peak rating was about 1650 elo (350 below the requirement) and she scored only one win (against a 1542 player), three draws and lost three games in the 2012 Olympiad

--So this is basically a fiction movie =Its affirmative action in the world of FIDE, I'm sure there are a LOT of chess players fuming over this, I know of at least one young woman who tried to get an WIM in the USA and peaked at around 1950, and was not awarded the title --guess she is in the wrong country --One very good chess movie starring minorities that really is true is called 'Brooklyn Castle', --A very good fiction chess movie is 'Queen to Play', about as true as this movie is when you get right down to it

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