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  • However when it came to the local cinema I wasn't able to fit it into my schedule and finally got to see the movie on DVD

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      I just watched the movie “The Last King of Scotland” and was delighted. I saw the previews in the theatre about a year ago and looked forward to seeing the movie. However when it came to the local cinema I wasn’t able to fit it into my schedule and finally got to see the movie on DVD.

      Idi Amin was president of Uganda from 1972 until 1979. He came to power by means of a coup that overthrew then President Obote. When he lost power Amin went into exile to Saudi Arabia and lived there until his death in 2003. Amin’s regime was known for human rights violations and ethnic persecutions. Estimates on the number of people range from between 80,000 and 500,000 people killed. Actual numbers


      will never be known. I remember in the 1970s when Amin was in power and the world was shocked by these numbers. It’s difficult for me to imagine such conditions. The enormity of these numbers shrinks by similar in comparison to more recent actions in Rwanda and Dafur however the gravity of the situation remains appalling. If you’re interested in a movie treatment of genocide “The Hotel Rwanda” starring Don Cheadle provides an excellent version.

      Forest Whitaker plays Amin and does a magnificent job. He won just about every Best Actor award for his efforts. Whitaker’s six foot two frame is actually smaller than Amin’s was, but he looms across the screen changing persona from a gentle, fun-loving school boy to an political savvy man, to a ...


      • madman who appears to have no concept on reality often within the same scene.

        I’ve been a big fan of Whitaker since I first recognized him in “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987) where his self-effacing portrayal as Robin Williams’ personal conscience, Edward Garlick, somehow makes him appear diminutive. Only later did I realize that he had roles in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” he played the football star who takes out his anger on the opposing team when Sean Penn wrecks his car, “Vision Quest” the high school wrestling movie that starred Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino (who was incredibly sexy), and off course in the war classic movie “Platoon” that helped launch Charlie Sheen’s career. Also worth mention are his shocking portrayal of in “The Crying Game.”

        Gillian

        Anderson plays Sarah Merrit, wife of the rural doctor in Uganda. It’s a smallish role but she’s good in it. I’ve never been a big fan of hers and never watched the “X Files.”

        James McAvoy plays Nicholas Garrigan a Scot doctor who rather than work in family practice with his father in Scotland he decides to work in Uganda. McAvoy plays the role of a na�ve, young man of the early 1970s pretty well. Like most such portrayals the role is broader than real life, but not so much to be a lampoon such as the Brady Bunch movies. Largely unknown in the United States although he did appear in the televison mini-series “Band of Brothers.”

        Overall this is an excellent movie. I give it an A or 94%.




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