iTunes Movie Of the Week: THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND (2006)

    Forest Whitaker won an Academy Award for "Best Actor" for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in 2006's THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND. He also won  Golden Globe, Screen Actors' Guild, BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association, National Board of Review and a slew of other awards. The movie first opened in theatres in the U.S. on September 27th, 2006, and the title - just in case you're curious! - came from a reporter wishing to verify whether Amin did indeed declare himself "the King of Scotland."

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    In an incredible twist of fate, a Scottish doctor (James McAvoy) on a Ugandan medical mission becomes irreversibly entangled with one of the world’s most barbaric figures: Idi Amin (Forest Whitaker). Impressed by Dr. Garrigan’s brazen attitude in a moment of crisis, the newly self-appointed Ugandan President Amin hand picks him as his personal physician and closest confidante. Though Garrigan is at first flattered and fascinated by his new position, he soon awakens to Amin’s savagery - and his own complicity in it. Horror and betrayal ensue as Garrigan tries to right his wrongs and escape Uganda alive. THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND was directed by Kevin Macdonald, based on the novel by Giles Foden and starred Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Kerry Washington, Simon McBurney and Gillian Anderson. 

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    Excerpts From Reviews (via Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic)

    "The film is phenomenally well directed by Kevin Macdonald and edited by Justine Wright to bring out every bit of scary volatility in the most casual interactions.
    -  David Edelstein, New York Magazine  

    "The Last King of Scotland is a parable shocking in its truth, jolting in its lack of sentimentality, Shakespearean in its vision of the doctor's catastrophic flaw.
    - Kyle Smith, New York Post  

    "Whitaker is terrifying in a way that we recognize not from old movies but from life."
    - Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor 

    "The film as a whole measures up to Forest Whitaker's performance... One of the great performances of modern movie history."
    -  Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal 

    "This is director Kevin MacDonald's first feature film, yet along with cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, he has produced a motion picture that will become an instant political classic."
    - Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times

    "Whitaker's performance is absolutely spellbinding."
    - Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

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