The Last King of Scotland

The Last King of Scotland

DVD - 2007
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Chronicles Idi Amin's rise and fall. Amin's despotic reign of terror is viewed through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan, a Scottish doctor who arrives in Uganda in the early 1970s to serve as Amin's personal physician. His perspective as an outsider causes him to be initially impressed by Amin's calculated rise to power and he grows increasingly monstrous. A pointed examination of how independent Uganda (a British colony until 1962) became a breeding ground for Amin's genocidal tyranny. Amin is both seductive and horribly destructive. Garrigan grows increasingly prone to exploitation.

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jnewday
Jul 17, 2017

Forrest Whittaker proves himself an exceptional actor in this role.

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ba_library
Jul 16, 2017

Excellent film about Idi Amin, dictator of Uganda in the 1970s. The story is fictional – based on the novel by Giles Foden, but Idi Amin was not fiction. He killed over 300,000 Ugandians during his reign. It comes across as sort of a fallout from British colonial rule and African independence / awareness. It follows a young, idealistic doctor from Scotland who goes to Uganda to practice medicine; he becomes involved with Amin as his personal physician, but later realizes he is in a position beyond his control and his days are likely limited, he will probably be yet another of Amin’s casualties. Forest Whitker won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Amin. I remember having a debate in high school, who was the worst African dictator – Idi Amin (Uganda) or Mommar Quaddfi (Libya)? Neither one survived to old age. Interesting perspective on a period of recent history. Gets a bit violent and bloody. I was wondering, after watching the film, was Amin insane or mad? In the bonus section there is a short piece titled “Capturing Idi Amin” and they do interview a British physician who worked for Amin and he called Amin hypermaniac another person called him paranoid. Either way the “notorious dictator” was probably somewhat mentally unstable. Not any sort of a happy movie, but very interesting and well done.

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1aa
May 23, 2017

A good and exciting film (a fictional one!) about a doctor who goes to Uganda in the early 1970's and becomes, by accident, the personal physician to Idi Amin, the military Big Man. I found the fast takes and the shaky camera work annoying.

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garycornell
Dec 31, 2015

Words fail me to describe the great performance of Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin. He simply takes charge of the screen as the real Amin took charge of his country. He was truly bigger than life. He rose on unbelieviable promises and fell on failing to carry out those promises! As with many African heads of state he was a brutal tyrant and it is good to show the world his true intentions and deeds!

Quimeras Dec 18, 2012

“The Last King of Scotland” has a great script and excellent acting. This film is truly a masterpiece.

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akirakato
Aug 27, 2012

The title is misleading, but this is a docudrama about the notorious dictator Idi Amin of Uganda.
While the character of Idi Amin and the events surrounding him in the movie are mostly factual, Dr. Garrigan is a fictional character.
Under Amin's authoritarian rule, some 300,000 Ugandans were killed.
This film reminds me of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where Hutu extremists killed roughly 750,000 Tutsi.

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booklover717
Jun 06, 2012

Fantastic! Excellent acting on all counts, and a great slice of history (even with the added ficticious bits!)

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Onomatopoetically
May 15, 2012

Restricted movie.

lasertravis Feb 08, 2012

Extremely well acted based on a true story drama. Lighthearted in the beginning and then becoming more and more suspenseful and disturbing. Graphic violence and sex. Kept me entertained and wondering just how bad things were going to get for the main character.

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AtomicFez
Aug 08, 2011

Having seen "General Idi Amin Dada (Self Portrait)" a few weeks ago, this was all the more interesting to watch. Much of the material from the documentary was re-formulated in the dialogue and scenes in this film, which isn't too surprising. It sets out to be an historical drama based on real events and inspired by real people, so it fits.

There was no actual physician as we see in this film, but beyond that the entire thing is — sadly — plausible. Paranoia, delusions of grandeur, and sycophantic assistants with a lust for violence; all were the case.

Forest Whitaker's performance of the President rightly won a "Best Actor" Oscar (although I've no idea who the other contenders were that year). An excellent job also done by the young doctor. I would have liked to see more of Gillian Anderson, both in her performance as well as seeing more of her (physically to the extent that I wish she wasn't so damned thin to the point of looking un-healthy), as she's clearly come into her own as an actor lately.

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Apr 19, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Apr 19, 2011

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.

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Apr 03, 2011

Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s

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bdls206
Apr 19, 2011

Idi Amin: They take you to a tree and hang you by your skin. Each time you scream the evil comes out of you. Sometimes, it can take three days for your evil to be spent. Pull him up.

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bdls206
Apr 03, 2011

Idi Amin: They take you to a tree and hang you by your skin. Each time you scream the evil comes out of you. Sometimes, it can take three days for your evil to be spent. Pull him up.

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