• The Last King of Scotland (2006)

The Last King of Scotland

Release Date: September 27th, 2006

DVD Release Date: April 17th, 2007

R |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

While in Uganda on a medical mission, Scottish doctor Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy) becomes the personal physician and close confidante of dictator Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Although at first Dr. Garrigan feels flattered by his new position of power, he soon comes to realize that Amin's rule is soaked in blood, and that he is complicit in the atrocities. Garrigan faces the fight of his life as he tries to escape Amin's grasp.

Cast: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, Simon McBurney, David Oyelowo, Stephen Rwangyezi, Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Genres: Biography , Drama

Production Co: DNA Films, Fox Searchlight, FilmFour

Distributors: Fox

Keywords: Gritty , Emotional , Fall , Rise , Soldier , Doctor , 1970s , Father , Hospital

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The film as a whole measures up to Forest Whitaker's performance...one of the great performances of modern movie history.

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    An imaginative and original picture turns conventional as it ends. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Great as Whitaker is in this juicy slab of Oscar bait, Macdonald's movie doesn't have much to offer beyond a pair of stunning performances, propulsive editing, fantastic scenery and the heartbeat rhythms of African music. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Winner Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Winner Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)