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The Last King of Scotland (2006)

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Original title: Last King of Scotland, The

Release Date
• USA: Sep 29, 2006

Budget USD 6,000,000
BoxOffice: $17.4M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for some strong violence and gruesome images, sexual content and language.

Running Time
2 hours, 1 minute

Country UK

Production Companies
DNA Films, Fox Searchlight Pictures, FilmFour, Cowboy Films, Scottish Screen, Slate Films, Tatfilm, UK Film Council

Studio Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Genre: Drama

Tagline: Charming. Magnetic. Murderous.

Plot: It all begins as handsome Scottish physician Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), fresh out of med school, jets off to Uganda, looking for excitement, romance and the joy of helping a country that truly needs his medical skills. Soon after his arrival, Garrigan is called to the scene of a bizarre accident: Idi Amin, the country’s newly installed leader, has smashed his Maserati into a hapless cow. Boldly taking the chaotic situation under control, Garrigan impresses Amin as brazenly forthright. Already obsessed with Scottish history and culture, Amin takes an instant liking to Garrigan and soon offers him the unlikely job of becoming his personal physician.

It’s an offer so incredible, the doctor cannot refuse – and thus is started his odyssey into the inner circle of one of Africa’s most horrific reigns of terror. At first, Garrigan is seduced by Amin’s famously charming personality and ambitious plans for Uganda, not to mention the ruler’s passion for fast cars, beautiful women and glamorous parties. As time goes on, seduced by his own desire for power, Garrigan becomes the dictator’s confidante, consultant and right hand man, witnessing increasingly unsettling events -- kidnappings, assassinations and unspeakable atrocities in which he himself may be complicit. Trapped in the

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 Directed by
Kevin Macdonald
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 Written by
Jeremy Brock
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Kerry Washington
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Gillian Anderson
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 Music By
Alex Heffes
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