The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland

Director: Kevin MacDonald Cast: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington

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Director Kevin MacDonald teams with screenwriter Jeremy Brock to adapt Giles Foden's novel detailing the brutal reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. James McAvoy stars as the doctor who slowly realizes that he is trapped in an inescapable nightmare, and Forest Whitaker assumes the role of the notorious despot.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/17/2007
UPC: 0024543407201
Original Release: 2006
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 2:03:00
Sales rank: 33,746

Special Features

7 deleted scenes with optional commentary by Kevin MacDonald; Exclusive documenatry: Capturing Idi Amin; Forest Whitaker Idi Amin featurette; Fox Move Channel presents casting session - The Last King of Scotland

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Forest Whitaker Idi Amin
James McAvoy Nicholas Garrigan
Kerry Washington Kay Amin
Gillian Anderson Sarah Merrit
Simon McBurney Stone
David Oyelowo Dr. Junju
Stephen Rwangyezi Jonah Wasswa
Abby Mukiibi Masanga
Adam Kotz Dr. Merrit
Sam Okello Bonny
Sarah Nagayi Tolu
Chris Wilson Perkins
Dick Stockley Times Journalist
Barbara Rafferty Mrs. Garrigan
David Ashton Dr. Garrigan (Senior)
Daniel Ssettaba Kay Amin's Servant
Apollo Okwenje Omamo Mackenzie Amin
Louis Asea Campbell Amin
Giles Foden British Journalist 1
Andy Williams British Journalist 2
Martina Amati Italian Journalist
Rene Peissker German Journalist
Stern Jedidian American Journalist
Dave A. Tarun Asian Tailor
Clare Wandera Secretary
Cleopatra Koheirwe Joy
Joanitta B. Wandera Malyamu Amin
Consodyne Buzabo Nora Amin
Peter Salmon White Businessman
Michael Wawuyo Air Force Commander
Wilberforce Mutete Guard
Haruna Walusimbi Guard
Muhammed Kaweesa Idi's Double
Grace Mugenyi Idi's Double
John Bosco Obiya Idi's Double
John Olima Bagpiper
Angela Kalule Chanteuse at Nightclub
Sam Namatiti Bass/Keyboards
Mathias Muwonge African Xylophone/Lyre
Joseph Kahirimbanyi Guitar
Afrigo Band Band at Party
Ndere Troupe Dancers at Rally
Nyonza Singers Choir at Parliament
Alex Heffes Conductor

Technical Credits
Kevin MacDonald Director
Marcus Alexander Producer
Suzy Belcher Makeup
Ros Borland Co-producer
Jeremy Brock Screenwriter
Lisa Bryer Producer
Eigil Bryld Cinematographer
Andrea Calderwood Producer
Michael Carlin Production Designer
George Every Asst. Director
Elektrofilm Postproduction Facilities Sound/Sound Designer
Clare Gerrard Camera Operator
Alex Heffes Score Composer
Stuart Howell Camera Operator
Dianne Jamieson Makeup
Abi Leland Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Macdonald Executive Producer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Sharon Martin Makeup
Peter Morgan Screenwriter
Angela Murray Production Manager
Elizabeth Florence Naigaga Camera Operator
Vicki Patterson Associate Producer
Allon Reich Executive Producer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Christine Ruppert Co-producer
Helen Speyer Makeup
Eddie Stacey Stunts
Charles Steel Producer
Joannah Stutchbury Art Director
Joanitta B. Wandera Casting
Suzanne Warren Associate Producer
Michael Wollmann Sound/Sound Designer
Justine Wright Editor

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The Last King of Scotland 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND delves into the history of Ugandan leadership in the 1970s with gusto. One of the characters (Sarah, the doctor's wife) wisely observes that the crowds that fill the streets cheering as Idi Amin takes control from Milton Obote had the same reaction for the previous dictator and will have the same for the one who follows Amin. It is that aspect of this very fine film that hits home: the people desperately want to be ruled by a hero who will care for them and they maintain hope that each successive 'hero' will be better. Director Kevin Macdonald bases his 'biography' on the fictionalized novel of the same name by Giles Foden, transformed into a fine screenplay by Jeremy Brock. In order for us to understand the full nature of Idi Amin the story is told through the eyes of a fresh young Scottish physician Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) who leaves his home looking of adventure and settles in Uganda as a mission doctor with Dr. David Merrit (Adam Kotz) and his beautiful wife Sarah (Gillian Anderson). Garrigan learns his role quickly, is attracted to Sarah, but Sarah is wise and turns Garrigan's attention to the rising problem of the overthrow of the Ugandan government by the enigmatic Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). An incident occurs that draws Garrigan into Amin's favor and much against the advice of Sarah, Garrigan falls under the spell of Amin, becoming his official physician. The two men form a warm bond of friendship and trust and it is through this bond that we see the human aspect of Idi Amin, a man born poor but who has risen to power due much to the connection with the British he loathes. Gradually Garrigan sees the inner workings of Amin's mind, his madness and his ever-increasing brutality as he faces a world as the dictator who will control everything. Garrigan has an unfortunate affair with one of Amin's wives Kay (the very beautiful and gifted Kerry Washington) and as the country is falling under the slaughtering of Amin, Garrigan finally sees his implication in the rule and undergoes the turnabout effects of Amin's brutal strategy. The film ends very quietly with and reenactment of the incident at Entebbe that brought the world's attention to the heinous dictator of Uganda. Forest Whitaker is brilliant as Amin: he has obviously studied the man from newsreels and has been able to go beyond press reports to find the humble man who rose to power. McAvoy embodies the fictional physician and has far more screen time and a more sophisticated role than Whitaker and deserves more praise for this performance than he has received. The entire cast is excellent. For once a film about the violence that erupts too often in Africa pays more attention to characters and the gorgeous landscape of Africa than to fighting and killing: the evidence of Amin's mass murders is shown in photographs and the monstrosity his deeds is carefully focused on one particularly heinous death. The musical score by Alex Heffes uses native songs and rarely calls attention to itself - the mark of a brilliant composer. In the end THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND serves up a hefty slice of history altered by fiction to enhance the storyline but presents a case for how Amin came to power and the indomitable spirit of the people of Uganda despite the government. A fine film on many levels. Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Amin has left the geopolitical landscape a long time ago and his colorful cruelty was forgotten, thanks to the brilliant and gifted actor Forrest Whitaker do we get a glimpse into the very evil character of one of the most evil characters of the 20th Century. Dr. Garrigan, a highly aristocratic and naive neer-do-well, somehow locks his attention on the power, the finesse of Idi Amin's charms without eying the dark underbelly. It caused him his sanity, the love of his life, and a promising physician's career. Along the way, we were treated to many of Amin's sins: torture, mass murder, sadism, and the like which I don't think I have to get into. Oddly enough, to which I didn't know, he liked the Scots. Interesting fact, see, you can learn things from movies!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Idi Amin was a brutal tyrant who's almost sociopathic nature gave him a sort of charisma that would enable him to lead a country, all the while tormenting its people. This film, while fictional throughout, captured the personality and brutal unpredictable nature of Amin's run in Uganda. The actors did an amazing job and this movie is a must for any history buff.
AlphaHistoryGirl More than 1 year ago
The movie does a great job of showing the ways people can get sucked into the most terrible of situations with a little economic and political incentive. The good doctor gets sucked into the world of Idi Amin and has a terrifying experience all because he gets sucked into the power/fame vacuum of the charismatic (and very well portrayed by Whitaker!) dictator. It was a very good movie
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