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The Last King of Scotland

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Original title
The Last King of Scotland
Running time
123 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Peter Morgan, Jeremy Brock (Novel: Giles Foden)
Alex Heffes
Anthony Dod Mantle
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Co-production United Kingdom-United States; Fox Searchlight / DNA Films / Filmfour / UK Film Council / Scottish Screen
Drama | Africa. Politics. Based On A True Story. 1970s
Synopsis / Plot
In an incredible twist of fate, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world's most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). 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.
2006: Academy Awards: Best Actor (Forest Whitaker)
2006: Golden Globe: Best Actor Drama (Forest Whitaker)
2006: 3 BAFTA Awards: Best British Film, Actor, Adapted Screenplay. 5 Nominations
2006: National Board of Review: Best Actor
2006: Film Critics Circle of New York: Best Actor (Forest Whitaker)
2006: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actor
2006: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Whitaker)
2006: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Director. 5 Nominations
2007: European Film Awards: 6 Nominations including Best European Film
2006: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best actor (Forest Whitaker)
2006: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Performance by a Male Actor (Whitaker)
Critics' reviews
  • "A thunderous performance by Forest Whitaker as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin informs and ignites The Last King of Scotland so far beyond its limitations as both a biopic and a political thriller that he becomes the movie itself"
  • "The film as a whole measures up to Forest Whitaker's of the great performances of modern movie history"
  • "Macdonald has a fetching feel for the continent, and the movie has a powerful sense of what Africa looks and feels like; you can almost smell it"
  • "A spellbinding safari into the mind of His Excellency the madman"
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