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The Last King of Scotland [Blu-ray] (2006)

Forest Whitaker , James McAvoy  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby TrueHD), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002WN8IQG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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As Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives one of the greatest performances of modern movie history (Wall Street Journal), one that the Associated Press calls nothing short of Oscar+‚-® worthy. This is Amin's incredible story as seen through th

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111 of 120 people found the following review helpful
Before going any further, let's be upfront about what "The Last King of Scotland" is. It is essentially a fictional thriller, with a political/historical backdrop. With Forest Whitaker's highly touted performance as real-life Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, it may be natural to assume that the film is biographical in nature, but it is not. While many of the events portrayed within the film are based on actual incidents, the primary story involving Amin's white Scottish doctor (James McAvoy who is the actual lead performance) is a complete work of fiction by "Scotland" novelist Giles Foden. Interestingly enough, the original conception for this character was loosely based on the valet from Moliere's "Don Juan"--but he was promoted to a doctor, in this story, to generate more compelling ethical questions. With that clarification in place, "The Last King of Scotland" is one heck of a ride--it is a riveting thriller that also manages to provide relevant insight into the complexity of Amin's private and public personas.

The story framework and basic setup is not unfamiliar, we've seen it in many other genres--from political films, financial thrillers, corrupt cop stories, mob portraits, and even in supernatural hokum. Basically, an ambitious young man is seduced by wealth and power. Falling under the spell of an engaging mentor, he buys into the glorious lifestyle that he has always dreamed of--sacrificing a bit of himself, and making some moral compromises, in the process. Ultimately, though, the situation gets out of hand, but it may be too late. He is now complicit in the same crimes he wishes to extricate himself from. In this case, McAvoy plays a Scottish medic who arrives in Uganda, on impulse, to "make a difference.
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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The film showcases a truly spectacular performance.... February 26, 2007
Jeremy Brock, who is a television writer, wrote a fine script a few years ago for the film "Mrs. Brown", a tale of Queen Victoria, starring Dame Judi Dench. Brock gets another chance to deliver in his work with "The Last King of Scotland". This time his director is Kevin MacDonald. MacDonald has not yet found fame, but his 1999 documentary, "One Day in September", about the killings at the 1972 Munich Olympics put Spielberg's "Munich" to shame. MacDonald uses a semi-documentary style in creating the arresting film that is "The Last King of Scotland". So, too, like "Mrs. Brown", is the film made memorable by a performance so compelling it will be the stuff of legends, and an arresting supporting performance. "The Last King", which saw limited release, came back to many American theaters in the past month as a tribute to the Golden Globe and the newly won Oscar by Forest Whitaker for his role as Amin. In his shadow is a fine performance from James McAvoy as the FICTIONAL, callow Dr. Garrigan, the personal doctor to Amin.

Dr. Garrigan meets Amin just as he comes into power, and quite by accident, is connected to the arresting Amin who loves all things Scottish. In 1971, at the time the movie begins, Amin overthrew then dictator Obote in a coup that was lauded both in Uganda and abroad. Obote supporters persisted in Uganda and Tanzania, attempting to assassinate Amin more than once. Amin quickly morphed from a benevolent commander of what he envisioned as a democratic, western-type rule, to a treacherous paranoid. Ethnic violence resulted in a wave of tortures and assassinations throughout the country. Amin turned on the country's Asian (mainly Indian) population and cast out Hindus, Muslims and Jews. He looted their businesses.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
MOVIE: Nicholas Garrigan is a free spirit young man who has just finished med school and is aching to get away from his parents. He spins the plastic globe in his room and lands his finger on Uganda. The movie jumps right there as he travels to a missionary to be a volunteer doctor. From the opening credits and his actions with Sarah Merrit (Gillian Anderson) at the missionary we can see that this character is immature and just looking for a fun way to live.

One day he is stopped by the President's army because apparently the President is in need of a doctor. He drives up to find the President standing next to his car in the ditch and a dying longhorn bull laying on the side of the road. A giant deal is made over a simply bruised hand and during the chaos Nicholas takes the President's gun and puts the screaming animal out of its misery. I suppose it was the strength that Nicholas demonstrated then and there that appealed to Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). From that point on a new friendship is made as Amin takes Nicholas under his wing to be his personal physician. Nicholas is reluctant at first to accept the offer because he knows that the missionary is in need of his help much more than the charming dictator. Of course we can't forget that Nicholas wants to live the good life, and he cannot resist all that Amin offers him. He cannot resist temptation and gives in, practically selling his soul to the devil if you will. From that point things begin to escalate and Nicholas sees what Amin truly is, and that is a power hungry murderer.

The story itself is an easy one to follow, and we immediately connect and relate to the main characters. Director Kevin Macdonald gets us acquainted with Nicholas and Amin, so we sort of open up as an audience to them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film!!
I absolutely love this movie! It's a dramatic success! It made me laugh, cry, get angry, etc. Just an all around awesome movie with superb actors!
Published 11 hours ago by MizzKittie
5.0 out of 5 stars Have not...
seen this in quite awhile. I remember it being very good.
I would suggest that everyone to watch this movie!
Published 5 days ago by leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I seen this before when he first arrived he was helping. But he got too involved .he told on someone and got them killed got involed with his wife she was killed and they was... Read more
Published 13 days ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Terrific movie and superb acting. I watched this movie many times and will continue to see watch it many times again...
Published 16 days ago by Harold Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing study
Forest Whitaker is incredible in this movie - a dramatic reenactment of a real event in history. I have watched this movie many times and decided to 'own' it so i could share it... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Casey Morrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is a movie for anyone who either loves James McAvoy or wants to try to understand a little more history about the issues in Africa. Read more
Published 29 days ago by BrowderBabe13
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
it was funny, thrilling, but not too bloody.....some scenes were too graphic... finding the pregnant female dismembered in a tub was disturbing.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by melisha mitchener
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last King of Scotland is a must see!
I really enjoyed this movie, I had to watch it for a leadership class. I'am glad it was assigned very intriguing.
Published 1 month ago by Crystal Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! A Rare Masterpiece of Acting
This movie develops at a pace and has so much character development that it is a wonder why it isn't a model for other movies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David Maynard
4.0 out of 5 stars Forest Whitaker's Dark Role
Probably the darkest role I've ever seen Forest Whitaker in; I didn't think he had it in him as he seems like such a sweet man. But wow, such a dark side! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lonia
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