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The Last King of Scotland

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A Scottish doctor on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world

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As the evil Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives an unforgettable performance in The Last King of Scotland. Powerfully illustrating the terrible truth that absolute power corrupts absolutely, this fictionalized chronicle of Amin's rise and fall is based on the acclaimed novel by Giles Foden, in which Amin's despotic reign of terror is viewed through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a Scottish doctor who arrives in Uganda in the early 1970s to serve as Amin's personal physician. His outsider's perspective causes him to be initially impressed by Amin's calculated rise to power, but as the story progresses--and as Whitaker's award-worthy performance grows increasingly monstrous--The Last King of Scotland turns into a pointed examination of how independent Uganda (a British colony until 1962) became a breeding ground for Amin's genocidal tyranny. As Whitaker plays him, Amin is both seductive and horribly destructive--sometimes in the same breath--and McAvoy effectively conveys the tragic cost of his character's naiveté, which grows increasingly prone to exploitation. As directed by Kevin Macdonald (who made the riveting semi-documentary Into the Void), this potent cautionary tale my prompt some viewers to check out Barbet Schroeder's equally revealing documentary General Idi Amin Dada, an essential source for much of this film's authentic detail. --Jeff Shannon


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Special features

  • Commentary by director Kevin Macdonald
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Kevin Macdonald
  • Documentary: Capturing Idi Amin
  • Forest Whitaker Featurette
  • Fox Movie Channel Presents: Casting Session- The Last King of Scotland
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • International Trailer

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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Forest Whitaker, Gillian Anderson, Kerry Washington, Simon McBurney
  • Directors: Kevin Macdonald
  • Writers: Giles Foden, Jeremy Brock, Peter Morgan
  • Producers: Allon Reich, Andrea Calderwood, Andrew Macdonald, Andrew Wood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 404 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000NIVJF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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