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Overview - Forest Whitaker delivers a ferociously commanding performance as bloodthirsty Ugandan president Idi Amin in Kevin MacDonald's THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. Adapted from the novel by Giles Foden, the film recounts Amin's horrific reign through the eyes of a fictional character, Nick Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young doctor from Scotland who travels to Uganda hoping to do some good.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Forest Whitaker delivers a ferociously commanding performance as bloodthirsty Ugandan president Idi Amin in Kevin MacDonald's THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. Adapted from the novel by Giles Foden, the film recounts Amin's horrific reign through the eyes of a fictional character, Nick Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young doctor from Scotland who travels to Uganda hoping to do some good. Nick is more sanguine about new president Amin than is his counterpart Sarah Merrit (Gillian Armstrong), whose experience causes her to be skeptical of Amin's bombastic declarations. After an automobile accident, Nick is called in to treat the president's wounds. His authoritative behavior impresses Amin, who charms Nick into becoming his personal physician. Nick embraces his newfound life of luxury, but he is unable to grasp the reality of the situation. When he does finally realize the atrocities Amin is inflicting upon his people (and is also capable of inflicting on Nick), the terrified doctor tries to make a frantic escape before it's too late. MacDonald, director of the acclaimed documentaries ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER and TOUCHING THE VOID, makes a startlingly assured transition into fictional filmmaking with THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. Working with cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (THE CELEBRATION) and editor Justine Wright, MacDonald brings 1970s Uganda to pulsating life, perfectly recreating that tumultuous era. But ultimately the film belongs to Whitaker: as he shifts from charming to maniacal in the space of a short, unexpected breath, he infuses Amin with startling humanity.

Awards:
2006 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner

Cast List

Tessa Ross - Exec. Producer, LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, (2006)
Peter Morgan - Screenwriter, ESCAPE FROM COLDITZ (2006)
Kerry Washington - Actress
Allon Reich - Executive Producer, FOUR FEATHERS (2002)
David Oyelowo - Actor, A SOUND OF THUNDER (2005)
Gillian Anderson - Special Agent Dana Scully, "The X-Files"
Charles Steel
Alex Heffes - composer, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER
Kevin MacDonald - Director
Andrew MacDonald - Producer: "Trainspotting," "Shallow Grave," "Twin Town"
Jeremy Brock
James McAvoy - Scottish actor, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Anthony Dod Mantle - Director of Photography
Anthony Dod Mantle - Director of Photography
Lisa Bryer - Producer, LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, (2006)
Giles Foden - Source Writer, The Last King of Scotland, (2006)
Simon McBurney - AMERICAN SUPPORTING ACTOR
Forest Whitaker - American actor/director, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Andrea Calderwood - Producer, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE MIDLANDS (2003)

 
Details
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543407324
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for some strong violence and gruesome images, sexual content and language.)

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas
Movies > Biography

Related Keywords:
Politics
History
Africa
Theatrical Release
1970s
Based On A Novel

 
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Theatrical Release: September 27, 2006 (Limited)

Reviews:
3 stars out of 5 -- "Forest Whitaker has given a lot of extraordinary performances in his career, but none quite as high voltage as [this] portrayal..." - 10/01/2006 Premiere, p.42-43


4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] flawless match-up of acting skill and role. It's compelling, seductive and terrifying." - 10/01/2006 Box Office, p.37


"Amin is just half the story -- and Whitaker, given such rich source material, carries the easier half." -- Grade: B+ - 10/06/2006 Entertainment Weekly, p.50


3 stars out of 4 -- "Powerful. Thundering. Colossal -- puny words to describe Forest Whitaker's king-size, Oscar-ready performance of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin....Whitaker is on fire, and as long as he's onscreen, KING keeps you riveted." - 10/19/2006 Rolling Stone, p.138


4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] major work....With Macdonald putting himself in the front rank of important filmmakers -- British or otherwise." - 02/01/2007 Total Film, p.44


4 stars out of 5 -- "A canny political satire at heart and one that expertly sustains a sensation of impending doom..." - 02/01/2007 Uncut, p.102


"Forest Whitaker, in a tour de force performance, captures the man's mannerisms and lethal range of moods so convincingly that when we see newsreel footage of the real Amin it seems like somebody impersonating Whitaker." - 02/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.66


4 stars out of 5 -- "[Whitaker] renders the tyrant as equally charming, childlike and terrifyingly brutal. Likewise, McAvoy is perfect as the flawed but sympathetic Garrigan..." - 05/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.102

 
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