Last King of Scotland

Last King of Scotland

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Director: Kevin Macdonald

Cast: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington

     
 

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Director Kevin MacDonald teams with screenwriter Jeremy Brock to adapt Giles Foden's novel detailing the brutal reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. James McAvoy stars as the doctor who slowly realizes that he is trapped in an inescapable nightmare, and Forest Whitaker assumes the role of the notorious despot.See more details below

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Director Kevin MacDonald teams with screenwriter Jeremy Brock to adapt Giles Foden's novel detailing the brutal reign of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin as seen through the eyes of his personal physician. James McAvoy stars as the doctor who slowly realizes that he is trapped in an inescapable nightmare, and Forest Whitaker assumes the role of the notorious despot.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
More fun that one might expect considering the subject matter, the first 20 minutes of Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland establishes James McAvoy's Nicholas Garrigan as a good looking, charming young rogue. Freshly graduated from medical school, he rebels against his conventional father by traveling to Uganda, where he indulges his desire for grand adventure and casual sex. Realistically embodying both the most repellent and attractive elements of his character, McAvoy evokes both sympathy and disgust in the audience, while Macdonald's expert pacing sacrifices neither momentum nor character development. It's a fascinating premise to explore how such a hedonistic youth becomes the lackey of a brutal dictator, and by the time a series of events brings Garrigan face-to-face with Idi Amin, then just beginning his rise to power, the audience clearly understands how Amin is able to so easily get the cocky doctor under his control. Basking in the attentions of a nation's leader feeds Garrigan's grand vision of himself, and grounds the events that follow in a fascinating psychological framework. Forest Whitaker's intense performance as Amin dominates The Last King of Scotland. His ability to be simultaneously ingratiating yet ceaselessly intense keeps the viewer on edge. The intricate emotional dance performed by the two lead actors gradually builds until Garrigan realizes Amin's deadly paranoia and egomania -- forcing the doctor to recognize the worst elements within himself. They say a good way to discover what a film is about is to look at what changed between the beginning and the end. If we apply this rule to The Last King of Scotland, it would appear that Garrigan is at the center of the story. However, the very end of the film focuses on Amin's downfall rather than Garrigan's return home. This is understandable, as the fate of the authoritarian ruler and his people is too important to ignore. Also, Whitaker's towering performance demands attention -- it's hard not to fixate on his screen presence -- but the movie would need one more scene of Garrigan digesting all that has happened to him in order for the film to maximize its impact on an audience. Fortunately, the remarkable acting by both men, and the stylish directing, makes The Last King of Scotland an engaging tale of humankind succumbing to its own worst instincts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/2010
UPC:
0024543647959
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
R
Source:
Fox Searchlight
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:03:00
Sales rank:
17,359

Special Features

7 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Kevin MacDonald; Forest Whitaker Idi Amin featurette; Capturing Idi Amin documentary; Fox Movie Channel presents casting session - The Last King of Scotland

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Forest Whitaker Idi Amin
James McAvoy Nicholas Garrigan
Kerry Washington Kay Amin
Gillian Anderson Sarah Merrit
Simon McBurney Stone
David Oyelowo Dr. Junju
Stephen Rwangyezi Jonah Wasswa
Abby Mukiibi Masanga
Adam Kotz Dr. Merrit
Sam Okello Bonny
Sarah Nagayi Tolu
Chris Wilson Perkins
Dick Stockley Times Journalist
Barbara Rafferty Mrs. Garrigan
David Ashton Dr. Garrigan (Senior)
Daniel Ssettaba Kay Amin's Servant
Apollo Okwenje Omamo Mackenzie Amin
Louis Asea Campbell Amin
Giles Foden British Journalist 1
Andy Williams British Journalist 2
Martina Amati Italian Journalist
Rene Peissker German Journalist
Stern Jedidian American Journalist
Dave A. Tarun Asian Tailor
Clare Wandera Secretary
Cleopatra Koheirwe Joy
Joanitta B. Wandera Malyamu Amin
Consodyne Buzabo Nora Amin
Peter Salmon White Businessman
Michael Wawuyo Air Force Commander
Wilberforce Mutete Guard
Haruna Walusimbi Guard
Muhammed Kaweesa Idi's Double
Grace Mugenyi Idi's Double
John Bosco Obiya Idi's Double
John Olima Bagpiper
Angela Kalule Chanteuse at Nightclub
Sam Namatiti Bass/Keyboards
Mathias Muwonge African Xylophone/Lyre
Joseph Kahirimbanyi Guitar
Afrigo Band Band at Party
Ndere Troupe Dancers at Rally
Nyonza Singers Choir at Parliament
Alex Heffes Conductor

Technical Credits
Kevin Macdonald Director
Marcus Alexander Producer
Suzy Belcher Makeup
Ros Borland Co-producer
Jeremy Brock Screenwriter
Lisa Bryer Producer
Eigil Bryld Cinematographer
Andrea Calderwood Producer
Michael Carlin Production Designer
George Every Asst. Director
Elektrofilm Postproduction Facilities Sound/Sound Designer
Clare Gerrard Camera Operator
Alex Heffes Score Composer
Stuart Howell Camera Operator
Dianne Jamieson Makeup
Abi Leland Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Macdonald Executive Producer
Anthony Dod Mantle Cinematographer
Sharon Martin Makeup
Peter Morgan Screenwriter
Angela Murray Production Manager
Elizabeth Florence Naigaga Camera Operator
Vicki Patterson Associate Producer
Allon Reich Executive Producer
Tessa Ross Executive Producer
Christine Ruppert Co-producer
Helen Speyer Makeup
Eddie Stacey Stunts
Charles Steel Producer
Joannah Stutchbury Art Director
Joanitta B. Wandera Casting
Suzanne Warren Associate Producer
Michael Wollmann Sound/Sound Designer
Justine Wright Editor

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