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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

Updated: Jun 22

R | 2h 3min | 7/10 #biography #drama #history

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➱ STORYLINE:

The Last King of Scotland (2006) is a biographical drama that chronicles the rise of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor who becomes Amin's personal physician. Initially charmed by Amin's charisma, Garrigan soon witnesses the brutal realities of his regime. As he becomes entangled in the dangerous politics and violence of Amin's rule, Garrigan struggles to escape the clutches of the tyrant he once admired.


➱ STAFF REVIEW:

The Last King of Scotland (2006), directed by Kevin Macdonald, is a compelling and intense portrayal of one of history's most notorious dictators. Forest Whitaker delivers a powerful and chilling performance as Idi Amin, capturing both his charm and his brutality. James McAvoy brings depth and complexity to the role of Nicholas Garrigan, depicting his transformation from naive idealist to a man horrified by the atrocities he witnesses. The film's strong narrative, supported by excellent performances and gripping direction, makes it a riveting exploration of power, corruption, and moral awakening.


➱ CREDITS:

Director:

- Kevin Macdonald

Writer:

- Peter Morgan

- Jeremy Brock

Based on:

- The novel "The Last King of Scotland" by Giles Foden

Starring:

- Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin

- James McAvoy as Nicholas Garrigan

- Kerry Washington as Kay Amin

- Simon McBurney as Stone

- Gillian Anderson as Sarah Merrit

Produced by:

- Andrea Calderwood

- Lisa Bryer

Cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle

Edited by: Justine Wright

Music by: Alex Heffes

Production Company:

- DNA Films

- Film4 Productions

- Scottish Screen

Distributed by:

- Fox Searchlight Pictures

Release date: September 27, 2006

Run Time: 2h 3min

Country: United Kingdom

Languages:

- English

- Swahili

Budget: $6 million

Box office: $48.4 million


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