The Last King of Scotland (2006)

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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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R (for some strong violence and guesome images, sexual content and language)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Forest Whitaker
as Idi Amin
James McAvoy
as Nicholas Garrigan
Kerry Washington
as Kay Amin
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
Sam Okello
as Bonny
Chris Wilson
as Perkins
Dr. Dick Stockley
as Times Journalist
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
Consodyne Buzabo
as Nora 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
Barbara Rafferty
as Mrs. Garrigan
David Ashton
as Dr. Garrigan (Senior)
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Critic Reviews for The Last King of Scotland

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Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Boston Globe
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Full Review… | October 17, 2008
NPR.org
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Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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Having cut his teeth on documentaries, Kevin Macdonald acts as if a shaky-cam aesthetic alone is enough to fuel dramatic tension.

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | November 29, 2006
New York Observer
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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.

November 3, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for The Last King of Scotland

½

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

½

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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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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