As Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives "one of the greatest performances of modern movie history" (Wall Street Journal), one that the Associated Press calls "nothing short of Oscar® worthy." This is Amin's incredible story as seen through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scotsman who becomes the volatile leader's personal physician, due in part to Amin's unexpected passion for Scottish culture -- Amin even proclaims himself "The Last King of Scotland". Seduced by Amin's charisma and blinded by decadence, Garrigan's dream life becomes a waking nightmare of betrayal and madness from which there is no escape. Inspired by real people and events, this gripping, suspenseful stunner is filled with performances you will never forget.
**Full Screen Feature / Widescreen Feature
**Commentary by director Kevin Macdonald
**Deleted scenes with optional commentary by Kevin Macdonald
**Documentary: Capturing Idi Amin
**Forest Whitaker Featurette
**Fox Movie Channel Presents: Casting Session- The Last King of Scotland
Cast & Crew
Mr. Whitaker and Mr. McAvoy head a first-rate cast that helps The Last King of Scotland to illuminate one of the many dark chapters in recent African history.
If this genius turn by Whitaker (he starred in Bird and The Crying Game) doesn't earn an Oscar nomination, then those little statues will lose what little meaning they have.
See the movie for Whitaker alone: He's possessed by evil and possesses it wholly, rendering the film (and everyone in it) his plaything.
A good movie elevated by Whitaker's pitch-perfect performance.
Through its very specific story, the movie illustrates how absolute power can corrupt those who wield it, resulting in a man who, once ensconced as a nation's leader, uses all his available resources to ensure his own survival.
Rare is the actor who can accomplish an instant transformation from beast to buddy, but Whitaker makes it look easy.
This is the sort of movie worth seeing for the performances alone.