The Last King of Scotland


The Last King of Scotland (2006)


Critic Consensus: Forest Whitaker's performance as real-life megalomaniac dictator Idi Amin powers this fictionalized political thriller, a blunt and brutal tale about power and corruption.


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In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin. Impressed by Dr. Garrigan's brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin's savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive.

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James McAvoy
as Nicholas Garrigan
Gillian Anderson
as Sarah Merrit
Simon McBurney
as Nigel Stone
David Oyelowo
as Dr. Junju
Stephen Rwangyezi
as Jonah Wasswa
Adam Kotz
as Dr. Merrit
Chris Wilson
as Perkins
Dr. Dick Stockley
as Times Journalist
Barbara Rafferty
as Mrs. Garrigan
David Ashton
as Dr. Garrigan (Senior)
Daniel Ssettaba
as Kay Amin's Servant
Apollo Okwenje Omamo
as Mackenzie Amin
Louis Asea
as Campbell Amin
Giles Foden
as British Journalist 1
Andy Williams
as British Journalist 2
Martina Amati
as Italian Journalist
Rene Peissker
as German Journalist
Stern Jedidian
as American Journalist
Dave A. Tarun
as Asian Tailor
Clare Wandera
as Secretary
Joanitta B. Wandera
as Malyamu Amin
Peter Salmon
as White Businessman
Michael Wawuyo
as Air Force Commander
Muhammed Kaweesa
as Idi's Double
Grace Mugenyi
as Idi's Double
John Bosco Obiya
as Idi's Double
John Olima
as Bagpiper
Angela Kalule
as Chanteuse at Nightclub
Sam Namatiti
as Bass/Keyboards
Mathias Muwonge
as African Xylophone/Lyre
Afrigo Band
as Band at Party
Ndere Troupe
as Dancers at Rally
The Nyonza Singers
as Choir at Parliament
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Critic Reviews for The Last King of Scotland

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (47)

Having cut his teeth on documentaries, Kevin Macdonald acts as if a shaky-cam aesthetic alone is enough to fuel dramatic tension.

Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

Mr. Whitaker and Mr. McAvoy head a first-rate cast that helps The Last King of Scotland to illuminate one of the many dark chapters in recent African history.

Nov 29, 2006
Top Critic

If this genius turn by Whitaker (he starred in Bird and The Crying Game) doesn't earn an Oscar nomination, then those little statues will lose what little meaning they have.

Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: 5/5

Whitaker's dedicated, nuanced performance is excellent and lifts the film from some unsteady early moments.

Oct 19, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

See the movie for Whitaker alone: He's possessed by evil and possesses it wholly, rendering the film (and everyone in it) his plaything.

Oct 13, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A good movie elevated by Whitaker's pitch-perfect performance.

Oct 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for The Last King of Scotland

James McAvoy does well as a young doctor overseas in Africa, performing good deeds while simultaneously dodging the strict hand of his father and tasting some exotic life, but it's Forrest Whitaker's performance as Idi Amin that powers this thrill ride, the mercurial changes in personality, unpredictable and so dangerous. It's a superb star turn that includes a surprising world history lesson. Good film making with a deep cast of good supporting players.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Brilliant drama with a stunning cast, and engaging story, The Last King of Scotland tells the story of the life of the personal physician of Ugandan dictator General Idi Amin, who is a brutal dictator. The story is a standout drama, one that is highly engaging from start to finish. In the role General Idi Amin is Forest Whitaker, who gives the role a sympathetic nature despite the fact that Idi Amin was a brutal dictator, but that's what makes Whitaker such a standout actor. Starring aside Whitaker is James McAvoy, who has great on-chemistry with Whitaker and both actors elevate the film significantly. The Last King of Scotland is a superbly crafted drama well worth seeing if you want a riveting drama that is highly entertaining from start to finish. What makes the film what it is, is the performances, the well thought out script and unforgettable story, which is what stands out the most about the film. The performances are something quite unique as well, and like I said, Whitaker is truly superb, and I would say that this one of his best performances. The Last King of Scotland is a superb piece of film, one that is well worth seeing if you enjoy the genre, and with an incredible true story, excellent performances, and vivid storytelling, it's a film that will stay with you long after you've seen it. This is a film that is worth seeing, and there never is a dull moment to be had throughout the film. If you're interested in the subject, or simply want to watch a great drama based on real events, and then you can do no wrong watching this film, it's a film well worth seeing, and it's one of tense, thrilling drama that is brilliant in the way that it tackles its story.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Forest Whitaker's performance here is truly all it's cracked up to me, and he masters the bipolar switches from terrifying to charming that dictators like Amin are often known for. And as regards the story, it's a bit predictable, but the plot keeps twisting and the action is generally steady, the stakes always high; the point of view of the outsider who's been let in (Amin's personal doctor, played by James McAvoy) is a great one from which to tell the story. Fine, competent film-making, but elevated to rarefied air by the quality of the leading man's performance; Whitaker puts what could be a ho-hum movie on his back and carries it. Great stuff.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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