The Last King of Scotland

TitleThe Last King of Scotland
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMacdonald, Kevin
Running Time123 min
Date ReleasedSep 27, 2006
DistributorFox Searchlight Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

The Last King of Scotland presents the life of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin through the eyes of his (fictitious) personal physician. Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish doctor, arrives in Uganda in the early 1970s to work at a clinic run by missionaries. After Garrigan treats Amin after an accident, he become close with the dictator and works to modernize the nation's healthcare systems. He loses his youthful idealism to decadence, corruption, and betrayal. 


Forest Whitaker

James McAvoy

Kerry Washington

Simon McBurney

Gillian Anderson


Directed by Kevin Macdonald

Produced by Charles Steel, Lisa Bryer, and Andrea Calderwood

Screenplay by Jeremy Brock and Peter Morgan

Music by Alex Heffes

Cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle

Edited by Justine Wrigh


Drama, Thriller, Biography

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