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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Ruthe SteinSan Francisco Chronicle

    Unlike Sean Penn's demagogue in "All the King's Men," you're able to forget that Whitaker is acting. He embodies the role. When clips of the real Amin are shown at the end, it's almost shocking to realize the extent to which Whitaker has become him. show more

  • 88
    Kyle SmithNew York Post

    The Last King of Scotland is a parable shocking in its truth, jolting in its lack of sentimentality, Shakespearean in its vision of the doctor's catastrophic flaw. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Awards

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