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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as Idi Amin
as Nicholas Garrigan
as Kay Amin
as Sarah Merrit
as Nigel Stone
as Dr. Junju
as Jonah Wasswa
as Dr. Merrit
as Times Journalist
as Dr. Garrigan (Senior)
as Kay Amin's Servant
as Mackenzie Amin
as Campbell Amin
as British Journalist 1
as British Journalist 2
as Italian Journalist
as German Journalist
as American Journalist
as Asian Tailor
as Malyamu Amin
as Nora Amin
as White Businessman
as Air Force Commander
as Idi's Double
as Idi's Double
as Idi's Double
as Chanteuse at Nightclub
as African Xylophone/Lyre
as Band at Party
as Dancers at Rally
as Choir at Parliament
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Critic Reviews for The Last King of Scotland
Having cut his teeth on documentaries, Kevin Macdonald acts as if a shaky-cam aesthetic alone is enough to fuel dramatic tension.
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.
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.
Whitaker's dedicated, nuanced performance is excellent and lifts the film from some unsteady early moments.
See the movie for Whitaker alone: He's possessed by evil and possesses it wholly, rendering the film (and everyone in it) his plaything.
A good movie elevated by Whitaker's pitch-perfect performance.
Audience Reviews for The Last King of Scotland
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.
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.
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|Nicholas Garrigan:||Is there a special school where you people learn to talk that bollocks?|
|Idi Amin:||Look at you. Is there one thing you have done that is good? Did you think this was all a game? 'I will go to Africa and I will play the white man with the natives.' Is that what you thought? We are not a game, Nicholas. We are real. This room here, it is real. I think your death will be the first real thing that has happened to you.|
|Idi Amin:||I am the father of this nation, Nicholas. And you have most... grossly... offended your father.|
|Idi Amin:||[to crowd at rally] I know who you are and what you are. I am you!|