2h 2min | Drama | Release Date: 16.02.2007
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. 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. Trapped in the moral abyss of Amin’s murderous megalomania, Garrigan nearly loses his soul. But when he finally dares to try to stop the insanity, he winds up in a desperate fight for survival.
Based on Giles Foden’s award-winning novel, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND is directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER). Film’s cast includes Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Simon McBurney and Gillian Anderson.
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