The Last King of Scotland

Synopsis: In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin's closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin's increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out.
Director(s): Kevin Macdonald
Production: Fox Searchlight
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 47 wins & 31 nominations.
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123 min

- Are yous ready?

- Aye.

On your marks. Get set.


Stew, Dr Garrigan?

And you, Dr Garrigan?

- I thought that...

- Mother.

...seeing as we've something to celebrate,

we might have a wee drop.

Sherry, right. Great.

- We are very proud of you, Nicholas.

- Very proud.

Not quite as good a degree as mine,

but a fine one nevertheless.

Being a family doctor. Let me tell you,

Nicholas, you've chosen a fine life.

If you'll both raise your glasses,

a toast.

To father and son.

A long future together.

Nicholas, are you all right in there?

I'm fine.

I'm fine.

OK, first place you land, you go.

First place you land, you go.


What are all the soldiers for?

- Do you speak English?

- Yes.

What are all the soldiers for?

The army's taking over. There is a coup.

- A coup? What? Are we safe?

- Don't worry.

These are General Amin's men.

He fights for the people.

- It's a very happy day for us.

- OK.

- Is that him?

- Yes.

- What do you do in Scotland?

- I'm a doctor, a qualified doctor.

I thought I could maybe use my skills here.

- Monkeys. Look. Look up there, Tolu.

- Do you have monkeys in Scotland?

No, we don't have monkeys in Scotland.

No. If we had monkeys in Scotland,

we'd probably deep-fry them.

This is my stop.

I'm a medical officer overseas.

Dr Garrigan.

- Dr Merrit?

- No. I'm Sarah, David's wife. Welcome.

- Hello.

- David was called out on an emergency.

- I hope everything's OK.

- Just normal business here. Safe journey?

- You know. It was...

- Bloody awful?

A goat up your arse

and your face in someone's armpit.

Last time I did that trip, I nearly asphyxiated.

Right, hop in.

- Actually, I waited for the bus yesterday, too.

- Yeah?

We were getting a little worried about you,

thought you might be caught up in the coup.

It's official now, by the way.

Obote's out. The radio's full of it.

Who's Obote?

- Ex-president.

- Right. And whatshisname.

Amin. He's taken over, yeah?

You've certainly come at a busy time.

Whatever I can do to help.

- Morning, Nicholas.

- Morning.

- So, what do you think?

- Aye, fine.

Come on. Come through.

This is the operating room.

Simple procedures for the most part.

- Morning.

- Morning.

So, how many doctors are there here?

Well, there's me and now there's you.

- Morning, Sister.

- Morning.

You know, the interesting thing is,

still prefer the witch doctor to us.

Sometimes I think we're just

skimming the surface of an ocean.

- Ready?

- Yeah.

There we are.

There we go. Yeah.


Yes, thank you.

OK, and one more. OK, who's next?

That's a lovely name. OK. Can I see?

You ready? Now, come on, Angela.

Dr Merrit.

What is it?

- Complications with the Mugisha baby.

- I'll go.

No, I better go. I know the mother.


I'll be back in an hour or two.


- Jump in.

- Hi, Bonny.


- I hope you don't mind me saying this, but...

- Yeah?

You seem an unlikely candidate

for this kind of work.

Why? Cos I don't wear socks and sandals?


I still want to make a difference, you know.

- Really?

- Yes, really.

I wanna have fun, too, though.

A bit of adventure, something different.

That's a lot of things.

Is it?


A beautiful goal for Scotland.

- A good one.

- Bonny, why are the women singing?

You don't know?

The president is coming to the village.

Where's Dr Merrit?

He has gone to town for stores.

Come on. I thought you might be

slightly curious to see the new boss.

I don't work for Amin.

Right. Fine.

I just thought it might be fun.





Uganda. Uganda.

And I want to promise you

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Peter Morgan

Peter Julian Robin Morgan CBE (born 10 April 1963) is a British film writer and playwright. Morgan is best known for writing the historical films and plays The Queen, Frost/Nixon, The Damned United and Rush. more…

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