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Last King of Scotland

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This is idi amin's story as seen through the eyes of nicholas garrigan, a young scotsman who becomes the volatile leader's personal physician, due in part to amin's unexpected passion for scottish culture. Seduced by amin's charisma, garrigan's dream life becomes a waking nightmare from which there is no escape.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203928808
UPC 024543407201
UPC 14 00024543407201
Format DVD
Release Date 4/17/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Actors
Name Whitaker,Forest
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Directors
Name Kevin McDonald
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Cast & Crew
Alex Heffes - Original Music By
Andrew Macdonald - Executive Producer
Anthony Dod Mantle - Cinematographer
Forest Whitaker - Actor
Giles Foden - Based On Novel By
Gillian Anderson - Actor
James McAvoy - Actor
Jeremy Brock - Screenplay
Joshua Barraud - Art Director
Justine Wright - Editor
Kerry Washington - Actor
Kevin Macdonald - Director
Lisa Bryer - Producer
Peter Morgan - Screenplay
Awards
Winner (2007) British Academy Awards, Andrea Calderwood, et. al., Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film,British Academy Awards, Forest Whitaker, Best Actor in a Leading Role,British Academy Awards, Peter Morgan, Jeremy Brock, Best Screenplay - Adapted,Golden Globe, Forest Whitaker, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Screen Actors Guild, Forest Whitaker, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominee (2007) Image Award, Forest Whitaker, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture,Image Award, Kerry Washington, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture,Oscar, Forest Whitaker, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The Last King of Scotland, in addition to having one of the most misleading titles of any movie to open this Oscar season, could also be 2006's Hotel Rwanda. Like last year's sadly overlooked feature, this one peers into another troubled African nation: Uganda...Solid performances help make this a worthwhile film. McAvoy, who is probably best known as Mr. Tumnnus in The Chronicles of Narnia, shows range as Nicholas - from the light-hearted, outgoing doctor who enters Uganda to the trapped, fearful man who finds his options narrowing as his position as Amin's "trusted advisor" becomes tenuous. Forest Whitaker is a scene-stealer, bringing the right mix of passion, charisma, and monstrosity to his portrayal of the Ugandan leader. Whitaker's Amin is larger than life - a figure equally capable of inspiring great love and great terror.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review Now that Hollywood belatedly has gotten around to Amin, he shares screen time with a fictional character, something the self-aggrandizing general surely would have found galling. But the brilliance of "The Last King of Scotland'' -- an immediate contender for Oscar consideration and a spot on critics' top 10 lists -- is the way it shows his dangerous allure through the eyes of an innocent...This is spellbinding entertainment, filled with unexpected moments of levity that almost make you feel guilty laughing at the antics of a tyrant. They're like the "Springtime for Hitler" number with no singing and dancing...Emboldened by Whitaker's unforgettable performance, "The Last King" daringly puts forth reasons for such complicity.
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ReviewPage
Reviewer Ruthe Stein
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Whitaker,Forest
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Ansen, NewsWeek ...Whitaker, uncorking the power that he usually holds in check, gives a chilling, bravura performance...
David Edelstein, New York Magazine ...phenomenally well directed by Kevin Macdonald...edited by Justine Wright to bring out every bit of scary volatility...
Esquire A stunning achievement!
J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader ...Whitaker gives a titanic performance as the general -- by turns charming and sinister, vulnerable and vengeful...
Kyle Smith, New York Post ...shocking in its truth, jolting in its lack of sentimentality...

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