The Last King of Scotland


The Last King of Scotland

Critics 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.


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
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

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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.

    Feb 3, 2007 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • The horror, when it finally moves to the centre of the screen, gives us Amin's barbarity in close-up -- and he's still smiling.

    Feb 2, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Hard to believe that an actor previously renowned for his gentleness could play such a monster, but the transformation is seamless.

    Jan 12, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Whitaker commands his scenes as effectively as he did in Clint Eastwood's film about Charlie Parker.

    Jan 12, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • This is a thoroughly enjoyable, confident, dramatically satisfying movie from Macdonald, and incidentally another triumph for Peter Morgan, for whom the period now seems to offer any amount of rich material.

    Jan 12, 2007 | Rating: 4/5
  • There's a nihilistic and unmistakeable whiff of Apocalypse Now about the last wild reel, and the carnage left over by the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport.

    Jan 12, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Last King of Scotland

  • Sep 02, 2014
    Not bad. Tells an interesting story, but honestly gets really weird and psychedelic towards the end. This was strange enough as it was, but the rest of the film is completely normal. I felt like these scenes really hurt this film and detracted from its quality.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2014
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2013
    Forest Whitaker rises up to this role of a lifetime. James McAvoy just makes us feel creeped out as the personal doctor and supporter of Idi Amin. Nonetheless this is a good example of how exposure to power often separates you from morality or reality.
    John B Super Reviewer

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