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THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

 
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At Theaters: 9/27/2006 On Video: 4/17/2007
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 1 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 479928
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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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.
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Drama - This is a dark, brutal, serious drama that blends the story of real- life Ugandan dictator Idi Amin with the fictional tale of a doctor who becomes his closest advisor. The strong violence, sexuality, and serious subject matter make this a film for an adult audience with a taste for more weighty films.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Forest Whitaker PHONE BOOTH, PANIC ROOM, BATTLEFIELD EARTH
James McAvoy THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
Kerry Washington LITTLE MAN, FANTASTIC FOUR, MR. AND MRS. SMITH
Simon McBurney FRIENDS WITH MONEY, THE HUMAN TOUCH
Gillian Anderson PRINCESS MONONOKE, PLAYING BY HEART, THE MIGHTY
Director: Kevin MacDonald ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER
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About The Story
About The Production
About Idi Amin's Uganda
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PROFANITY: 14 F-words, 4 S-words, one other.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity.
VIOLENCE: Brutal, bloody shootings and beatings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Some gunplay.
COMEDY: A body function gag.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good The Last King of Scotland isn't for everyone, but for those who can stomach its brutality, it offers a compelling look into how such a popular leader became known as one of Africa's most vicious dictators of the 1970s.

USA Today Full Review
Good In a fall film season filled with pretenders and non-starters, The Last King of Scotland features the first performance worthy of a best-actor Oscar nomination.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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It all begins as handsome Scottish physician Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), fresh out of med school, jets off to Uganda, looking for excitement, romance and the joy of helping a country that truly needs his medical skills. Soon after his arrival, Garrigan is called to the scene of a bizarre accident: Idi Amin, the country's newly installed leader, has smashed his Maserati into a hapless cow. Boldly taking the chaotic situation under control, Garrigan impresses Amin as brazenly forthright. Already obsessed with Scottish history and culture, Amin takes an instant liking to Garrigan and soon offers him the unlikely job of becoming his personal physician.

It's an offer so incredible, the doctor cannot refuse - and thus is started his odyssey into the inner circle of one of Africa's most horrific reigns of terror. At first, Garrigan is seduced by Amin's famously charming personality and ambitious plans for Uganda, not to mention the ruler's passion for fast cars, beautiful women and glamorous parties. As time goes on, seduced by his own desire for power, Garrigan becomes the dictator's confidante, consultant and right hand man, witnessing increasingly unsettling events -- kidnappings, assassinations and unspeakable atrocities in which he himself may be complicit. Trapped in the moral abyss of Amin's murderous megalomania, Garrigan nearly loses his soul. But when he finally dares to try to stop the insanity, he winds up in a desperate fight for survival.

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