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Queen of Katwe ()


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

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Phiona Mutesi
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Robert Katende
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Nakku Harriet
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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
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Hope Katende
Philip Luswata ...
Minister Aloysius Kyazze
Peter Odeke ...
Enoch Barumba
Maurice Kirya ...
Theo
Minky Ndlovu ...
Man on Boda (as Nhlahla "Minkey" Ndlovu)
Jack Kinobe Sserunkuuma ...
Mr. Wilson
Irene Kulabako Kakembo ...
Mrs. Kimbale
Allen Musumba ...
Zesiro
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Tendo
Rori Motuba ...
Christine Namaganda
Aaron Moloisi ...
Rwabushenyi Official
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Rwabushenyi President
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Chess Federation Secretary
Rehema Nanfuka ...
Nurse
Tebandeke Samuel ...
Doctor
Charles Mulekwa ...
Hospital Administrator
Lele Ledwaba ...
Budo Secretary
Jonathan Diabaig ...
Benjamin's Opponent
Flory Kegbia ...
Gloria's Opponent
Linda Radebe ...
Brian's Opponent
Warren Ncube ...
Pritchard
Siyabonga Xaba ...
Pritchard's Friend
Joanitta Bewulira-Wandera ...
Mrs. Gali
Elizabeth Kirabo ...
Elizabeth
Carina Nel ...
Kagramanov
Ivy Komukyeya ...
Phiona's Fan
Charity Rose Pimer ...
Phiona's Fan
Aida Mbowa ...
Snooty Lady in Car
Jessica Mazzi ...
Manicure Lady
Isaac Muwawu Gwayambadde ...
Corn Farmer
Sheebah Karungi ...
Shakira
Okuyo Joel Atiku Prynce ...
Ggaba Merchant
Richard Tuwangye ...
Dez
Zohran Kwame Mamdani ...
Bookie Student
Lukenge Yusuf ...
Bricklayer
Peter Musibira ...
Kikomando Kid
Sarah Nansubuga ...
Geography Teacher
Teslim Animashaun ...
Chief Guest
Lezon Mark Mugwanya ...
Julius
David Kisakye Kagwa ...
Young Katende
Anne-Marie Bewulira-Wandera ...
Katende's Mother
Sarah Kisauzi ...
Katende's Grandmother (as Sarah Kisawuzi)
Moses Awori ...
'Brian' Stunt Double
Babirye Stellah ...
Chess Pioneer
Rayan Ssewanyana ...
Chess Pioneer
Kakande Sharif ...
Chess Pioneer
Stephen Mutabazi ...
Chess Pioneer
Were Edrine ...
Chess Pioneer
Mbadidde Florence ...
Chess Pioneer
Mubiru David ...
Chess Pioneer
Chris Bent Ssesanga ...
Chess Pioneer
Mohammed 'Madikas' Ssekandi ...
Chess Pioneer
Kiddu Isah ...
Chess Pioneer
Nakato Lydia ...
Chess Pioneer
Bavurhe Johnson Jaques ...
Chess Pioneer
Gloria Nansubuga ...
Chess Pioneer
Bombo Glory ...
Chess Pioneer
Eric Akambangira ...
Chess Pioneer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mugabi Brian ...
Himself
Nakku Harriet ...
Herself
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Himself
Sara Katende ...
Herself
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Herself
Russel Savadier ...
Russian Chess Official (uncredited)

Directed by

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Mira Nair ... (directed by)

Written by

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William Wheeler ... (screenplay by)
 
Tim Crothers ... (based on the ESPN Magazine article and book by)

Produced by

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Troy Buder ... executive producer
John B. Carls ... producer (produced by) (as John Carls)
Lydia Dean Pilcher ... producer (produced by)
Genevieve Hofmeyr ... producer: South Africa unit
Connor Schell ... executive producer: ESPN Films
Daniel Silver ... executive producer: ESPN Films (as Dan Silver)
Will Weiske ... executive producer

Music by

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Alex Heffes ... (original score composed by)

Cinematography by

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Sean Bobbitt ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Barry Alexander Brown

Editorial Department

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Max Blecker ... assistant editor
Taryn Calverey ... dailies colourist
Giovanni DiGiorgio ... digital intermediate assistant
Alex Gilbert ... assistant editor: EPK and BTS
Ian Holden ... assistant editor
Zippy Kimundu ... assistant editor
Philippe Majdalani ... digital intermediate producer
Zach Marshall ... assistant editor: EPK and BTS
Martinl ... assistant editor: South Africa (as Lamees Martin)
Nick Monton ... head of production: Company 3
Tom Poole ... digital intermediate colorist
Lauren Van Rensburg ... dailies supervisor: dailies
Russell Yaffe ... assistant editor
Nicholas Figueroa ... color assist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Dinaz Stafford

Production Design by

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Stephanie Carroll

Art Direction by

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Shane Bunce
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson
Fritz Joubert
Emilia Roux

Set Decoration by

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Set Buyer
Jo Stuart Fox ... (assistant set decorater)
Melinda Launspach
Jeanette Scott

Costume Design by

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Mobolaji Dawodu

Makeup Department

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Agnes Ahebwa ... assistant makeup artist
Sarah Blatcher ... assistant makeup artist: South Africa
Wendy Classen ... assistant hair stylist: South Africa
Christopher Damuura ... assistant hair stylist
Evelyn Gambe ... assistant makeup artist
Melanie Harris ... hair designer
Diana Najago ... assistant hair stylist
Ebony Njonga ... assistant makeup artist: South Africa
Nombi Nkambule ... assistant hair stylist: South Africa
Thami Nkosi ... key hair stylist
Nadine Prigge ... makeup designer
Sara Tesfai ... assistant makeup artist

Production Management

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Linda A. Borgeson ... post production executive
Kelley Cribben ... post-production supervisor
Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo ... production manager: Kampala
Emmanuel Nsubuga ... assistant unit manager
Janine van Assen ... production manager: Johannesburg
Will Weiske ... unit production manager
Jarin Rossiter ... uganda auditor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Avani Batra ... second assistant director
Paula Case ... second assistant director
Michael McCue ... second assistant director
Mike Topoozian ... first assistant director: principal photography, south africa
Atilla Salih Yücer ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Talia Aviv Hughes ... set buyer
Michael Hyman ... lead scenic
Arlo Markantonatos ... property master
Boitumelo Poen ... art department coordinator
Phillip Roberts ... standby set dresser
A.K. Simba ... assistant property master: Uganda
Alex Stella ... set illustration
Doret Van Jaarsveld ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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Andrew Ahuurra ... music mixer no. 1 spice
Scott Cannizzaro ... adr mixer
Nick Caramela ... foley assistant
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Dave Flynch ... supervising foley editor (as David Flynch)
Heather Gross ... sound effects editor
Grant Harris ... adr recorder
Maegan Hayward ... post production mixing facility coo
Shantanu Hudlikar ... music recording engineer
Blake Leyh ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Nico Louw ... sound mixer
Ted Mahoney ... post production sound facility producer
Dave Paterson ... sound effects editor
Maccoh Pengrassi ... sound recordist: behind-the-scenes
Mary Ellen Porto ... adr editor
Manasi Tare ... music recording engineer
Dominick Tavella ... re-recording mixer

Special Effects by

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Doug Hardy ... special effects technician
Tyrell Kemlo ... special effects coordinator
Julian Koberman ... special effects technician
Cordell McQueen ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

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Angelo Beceiro Collinicos ... digital compositor
Christopher Bekker ... digital compositor
Canda Kincses ... visual effects producer
Marco Raposo de Barbosa ... visual effects supervisor: BlackGinger
Tom Selbeck ... visual effects artist
Dillon Sinden ... digital artist: Blackginger
Jason Slabber ... vfx lead
David Taritero ... visual effects executive
Byron Tofas ... digital compositor
Johan van Huyssteen ... compositor
Marc Bloch ... executive producer: BlackGinger (uncredited)

Stunts

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Cordell McQueen ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Fabio Cachucho ... second assistant camera: "a" Camera: South African Unit
Danie du Toit ... first assistant camera (as Daniel Du Toit)
Emmanuel Gashumba ... grip
Kirsty Gilham ... second assistant camera
Miles Goodall ... additional photography
Houston Hadden ... first assistant camera
Lentsoe Mamatela ... d.i.t
Emmanuel Chonco Sithole ... gaffer (as Emmanuel Chonco)
Mpho Tshikovhele ... camera intern
Tim Watson ... videoassist
Zaan Wienand ... key grip

Casting Department

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Christa Schamberger ... casting: South Africa

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eniola Dawodu ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Grant David Cinnamon ... assistant location manager (as Grant Cinnamon)
Deon Du Preez ... location scout
Queen of Katwe ... location scout
Eduard Klarenbeek ... location manager

Music Department

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Chris Barrett ... assistant score recordist
Red Bennett ... score technical coordinator
Martin Berry ... guitars
Harsh Brijsnarayan ... musician: sarangi
Jim Bruening ... music editor
Dirk Campbell ... musician: African flutes
Ben Caucci ... music programming (as Beth Caucci) / musician: African percussion (as Beth Caucci)
Rahul V. Chittella ... music coordinator: India
Lyndsie Chlowitz ... music coordinator: studio
Peter Cobbin ... score recorded by
Linda Cohen ... music supervisor
Rebecca Dale ... additional conducting
Hugh Davies ... guitar
Alex Ferguson ... assistant engineer
Tanay Gajjar ... music recording engineer
Kinene Ismail ... Uganda featured musician
Joanita Kawalya ... female vocals
Abhishek Khandelwal ... music recording engineer
Tommy Laurence ... assistant orchestrator
Mitchell Leib ... executive in charge of music
Collin Lubega ... Uganda featured musician
Zohran Kwame Mamdani ... music supervisor
Okelo Michael ... Uganda featured musician
Jonathan Morton ... orchestra leader
Lezon Mark Mugwanya ... Uganda featured musician
Madina Nalwanga ... female vocals
Nabeeta Nuhu ... Uganda featured musician
Omar Paul ... Uganda featured musician
Colin Rae ... music preparation
Kirya Heavy Rock ... Uganda featured musician
Hilary Skewes ... music coordinator / musician contractor
Ashwin Srinivasan ... musician: Indian winds
John Ashton Thomas ... orchestrator
Cecile Tournesac ... score editor
Selvaganesh Vinayakram ... musician: ghatam & kanjira
Don Welty ... music business and legal affairs
Kirsty Whalley ... music mixed by
Lukenge Yusuf ... Uganda featured musician

Other crew

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Arnold Aganze ... additional assistant: Mira Nair
Beautie Masvaure Alt ... assistant: David Oyelowo, South Africa (as Beautie Masvaure)
Asad Ayaz ... executive vice president: Marketing
Kampire Bahana ... assistant: Lupita Nyong'o
Godfrey Buteera ... 2nd assistant accountant: kampala.
Tapiwa Chipamunga ... additional assistant: Mira Nair, South Africa
Melynie Dangerfield ... assistant: David Oyelowo
Tom Eriesa ... security: David Oyelowo
Anne C. Ford ... production controller
Annie Gaudet ... post production accountant
Paul Harker ... assistant production coordinator
Nicola Graydon Harris ... unit publicist (as Nicola Graydon)
Rob Harris ... publicity consultant
Winibald Hausiku ... security: David Oyelowo, South Africa
Dr. Diane Howard ... journalist: publicist (as Diane Howard)
Tilu Khalayi ... first assistant accountant
Derrick Kibisi ... Producing Services Uganda
Alex Kirya ... production assistant
Michael Barbanell Landres ... production legal services
Moses Legodi ... security: Lupita Nyong'o, South Africa
Getti Lesio ... security: Lupita Nyong'o
Yolandi Ludick ... sa 2nd accounts assistant
Lentsoe Mamatela ... dit (as Lentose Mamatela)
Jade Manuel ... production coordinator
Hlumela Matika ... Travel & Accommodations Coordinator
Emily McEvoy ... production associate
Clare McLay ... assistant: Mira Nair
Lezon Mark Mugwanya ... chaperone: Madina Nalwanga
Emerson Nosek ... assistant post-production accountant
Emellie O'Brien ... eco supervisor
Gladys Oyenbot ... stand-in
Anele Rulumente ... accounts clerk
Tebandeke Samuel ... accounts clerk
Spring Sutter ... production accountant
Alia Tarraf ... staff coordinator
Elize von Stade ... accountant: payroll
Tiffany von Willingh ... production secretary

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Storyline

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Plot Keywords
Taglines One girl's triumphant path to becoming a chess champion. See more »
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Parents Guide View content advisory »
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Also Known As
  • La reina de Katwe (Spain)
  • Reina de Katwe (Chile)
  • Regina din Katwe (Romania)
  • Reina de Katwe (Mexico)
  • Reina de Katwe (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 124 min
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Box Office

Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $304,933, 25 Sep 2016
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $10,367,161, 05 Jun 2017

Did You Know?

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Trivia 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 »
Goofs "Bishop is safe on F3." This was not true. The knight would have taken the bishop after it was moved to F3. Given the way the board was setup, there were in fact no safe spaces for the bishop. This is an especially unfortunate mistake given the metaphor expressed in the scene was that they could all find safe spaces in life if they planned well. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Kate Hudson/David Oyelowo/De La Soul feat. Estelle (2016). See more »
Soundtracks Ndi Muna Uganda See more »
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 »
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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