The Last King of Scotland

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20th Century Fox Released 2006

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Director:
Kevin Macdonald
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
The Last King of Scotland is a riveting drama based on the Giles Foden novel of the same name. The film follows the life of the violent Ugandan dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker) through the eyes of his personal physician Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy). At the same time Garrigan arrives in Uganda, a coup d'etat is happening to overthrow incumbent president Milton Obote. Through a car accident Idi starts to trust Garrigan with his life and decisions about it. The film is an emotional and thrilling look into the life of one of the most violent African rulers of all time and his personal physician, which he trusted with much more than his medical health. The British film was released in 2006 and directed by Kevin MacDonald. The film touched a vast audience and brought the film 34 award wins including an Oscar nomination and win for Forest Whitaker for best actor.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Captures the energy and exuberance of a young nation in the throes of optimism and works it into a foreboding frenzy.

  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Furiously paced, with excellent performances by Forest Whitaker as Amin and James McAvoy as the foolish Scotsman who becomes the leader's personal physician, the film has texture, ...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    In the end, The Last King of Scotland is much better when it plays it cool and amusing than when it tries to ramp up outrage and indignation.

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