The Last King of Scotland

Theatrical Release: January 19, 2007
The Last King of Scotland


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.

Dove Review

First, the positive: this film is based on a true story about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and it shows his snake-like qualities very vividly as he switches easily from being charming to a ruthless killer. The film gives the viewer an idea of what the Ugandan people underwent under his regime. Forest Whitaker plays the almost child-like dictator in a riveting and powerful way. He is a chilling presence.

Yet this film contains some of the strongest violence and language I have seen and heard in some time. It was bad enough they use the name Jesus in a vain way, but they had to stick an F bomb between the name “Jesus” and the name “Christ,” not once, but twice. The violence is very graphic in spots. When Amin’s wife goes to an abortion clinic to have an abortion, since the child is not his, she is found out and the dictator has her killed and cut up in a grossly bloody way. A scene of her corpse is shown which leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination, as the viewer sees her opened up and cut up very gratuitously. We do not recommend this film for viewing and we cannot come close to placing our Dove Seal on it.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: On screen adultery with nudity; sensual dances.
Language: F-13; J/C/JFC-4; G/OG-2; A-1; S-2;
Violence: Several people are beat up and shot; very bloody at times; a woman's cut-up bloody corpse is seen and is very graphic; a man is hung by his chest skin-very graphic and bloody; a doctor is shot in the head; a wounded cow is graphically shot in the head.
Drugs: Drinking and smoking
Nudity: Frontal and rear male and female nudity; a nude corpse is seen.
Other: Vodoo is practiced in a scene or two; a leprous person is seen, a boy receives a needle shot to help him quit convulsing.


Company: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Writer: Jeremy Brock and Giles Foden and Peter Morgan
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Producer: Lisa Bryer
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 121 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter