History Film / TheLastKingOfScotland

20th Apr '16 5:49:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Filth}}: Amin and his inner circle are seen watching a private showing of ''Deep Throat'' in his palace. He asks Nicholas if it's medically possible for a woman to actually have a clitoris in their throat.
5th Dec '15 9:22:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles: They are [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen described]] as raiding Entebbe before the credits roll.
16th Nov '15 4:16:38 PM hamonrye
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The movie starts in 1970 with Nicholas Garrigan, a callow, Scottish medical graduate. In rebellion against his father, he goes to work as a doctor in Uganda. While working in a missionary hospital and being hot for the married Sarah Meritt, he meets Idi Amin, a charismatic general who is so impressed with him that he appoints him to become his personal phyiscian. The worst that can be said about this coup leader is his increasing paranoia that everyone is out to get him and the bad dreams suggesting when he's going to die. Plus, he farts big just like the rest of us. He's an alright dude.

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The movie starts in 1970 with Nicholas Garrigan, a callow, Scottish medical graduate. In rebellion against his father, he goes to work as a doctor in Uganda. While working in a missionary hospital and being hot for the married Sarah Meritt, he meets Idi Amin, a charismatic general who is so impressed with him that he appoints him to become his personal phyiscian.physician. The worst that can be said about this coup leader is his increasing paranoia that everyone is out to get him and the bad dreams suggesting when he's going to die. Plus, he farts big just like the rest of us. He's an alright dude.
16th Nov '15 4:16:32 PM hamonrye
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The movie starts in 1970 with the protagonist, Nicholas Garrigan, a young Scottish medical graduate who rebels against his father by leaving to work as a doctor in Uganda. While working in a missionary hospital in Uganda and being hot for the married Sarah Meritt, TheCasanova Garrigan meets Idi Amin, a charismatic general who is so impressed with him that he appoints him to become his personal doctor. Soon Idi Amin descends from ([[VillainWithGoodPublicity seemingly]]) being an AntiHero and AffablyEvil to a BadBoss and TheCaligula. Nicholas Garrigan plays the role of a WideEyedIdealist, first by overlooking a lot of Amin's bloodthirsty antics by convincing himself that it is necessary to bring peace to Uganda, and believing that things would get better as Amin's enemies are eliminated. Unsurprisingly, he is wrong. It does not help that he falls in love with Amin's youngest and discarded wife Kay, which soon leads him in a confrontation.

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The movie starts in 1970 with the protagonist, Nicholas Garrigan, a young callow, Scottish medical graduate who rebels graduate. In rebellion against his father by leaving father, he goes to work as a doctor in Uganda. While working in a missionary hospital in Uganda and being hot for the married Sarah Meritt, TheCasanova Garrigan he meets Idi Amin, a charismatic general who is so impressed with him that he appoints him to become his personal doctor. phyiscian. The worst that can be said about this coup leader is his increasing paranoia that everyone is out to get him and the bad dreams suggesting when he's going to die. Plus, he farts big just like the rest of us. He's an alright dude.

Soon Idi Amin descends from ([[VillainWithGoodPublicity seemingly]]) being an AntiHero and AffablyEvil to a BadBoss and TheCaligula. Nicholas Garrigan plays smiling, wide-eyed man of the role of a WideEyedIdealist, first by overlooking a lot of Amin's bloodthirsty antics by convincing himself that it is necessary people to bring peace to Uganda, and believing that things would get better as Amin's enemies are eliminated. Unsurprisingly, he is wrong. It does not help that he falls in love with Amin's youngest and discarded wife Kay, which soon leads the butcher history will remember him in a confrontation.
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9th Nov '15 8:23:15 PM BatmanKalEl
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* MightyWhitey: Subverted and/or deconstructed. Nicholas believes, at first, that he can solve Uganda's problems (well, at least some of them), but fails miserably. {{Lampshaded}} towards the end, when Amin admonishes Nicholas for trying to "play the 'white man and the natives' game".
** In Nicholas' defense, he only went to Uganda because he randomly pointed to a spinning globe. However, Uganda was his second spin; Canada was his first spin. Should have gone with the safe option.

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* MightyWhitey: Subverted MightyWhitey:
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and/or deconstructed. Nicholas believes, at first, that he can solve Uganda's problems (well, at least some of them), but fails miserably. {{Lampshaded}} towards the end, when Amin admonishes Nicholas for trying to "play the 'white man and the natives' game".
** In Nicholas' defense, he only went to Uganda because he randomly pointed to a spinning globe. However, Uganda was his second spin; Canada was his first spin. Should have gone with the safe option.
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19th Aug '15 7:37:12 PM lolface123
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%%* AxCrazy: Idi Amin.

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%%* * AxCrazy: Idi Amin.Amin. He is an incredibly volatile and vicious MoodSwinger that just gets worse and worse as the movie goes on.
15th Aug '15 5:43:20 AM Morgenthaler
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** The thought of being trapped in a foreign country with no way to get out--it doesn't help that there are numerous RealLife horror stories about this.

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** The thought * AlcoholInducedIdiocy: After Garrigan has seen ample evidence of being trapped in a foreign country what Idi Amin is capable of, he gets incredibly drunk and sleeps with Amin's wife, makes no way effort to get out--it conceal the affair, and doesn't help that there are numerous RealLife horror stories about this.even use protection, leading to her pregnancy and [[spoiler:her subsequent horrible death.]]



* AmbitionIsEvil: And how.

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* %%* AmbitionIsEvil: And how.



* AxCrazy: Idi Amin.

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* %%* AxCrazy: Idi Amin.



* BigBad: Amin.

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* %%* BigBad: Amin.



* TheCaligula: Amin, obviously.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Do ''not'' watch the last half hour or so of this movie if you've just eaten.
** Amin says the technique [[spoiler: he used to torture Nicholas]] comes from a similar punishment in his childhood, with a tree, where every scream of the victim is evil leaving their body.
* CrapsackWorld: Uganda under Amin.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Sorry, Kay.]].

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* %%* TheCaligula: Amin, obviously.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Do ''not'' watch the last half hour or so of this movie if you've just eaten.
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eaten. Amin says the technique [[spoiler: he used to torture Nicholas]] comes from a similar punishment in his childhood, with a tree, where every scream of the victim is evil leaving their body.
* %%* CrapsackWorld: Uganda under Amin.
* %%* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Sorry, Kay.]].



* DeadpanSnarker: Both Garrigan and Amin.

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* %%* DeadpanSnarker: Both Garrigan and Amin.



* EvilIsHammy: Amin.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Amin.
* FallenHero: Nicholas Garrigan.

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* %%* EvilIsHammy: Amin.
* %%* EvilSoundsDeep: Amin.
* FallenHero: FallenHero:
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Nicholas Garrigan.



* ForeignCorrespondent: Nicholas

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* %%* ForeignCorrespondent: Nicholas



* MaleFrontalNudity: Nicholas, briefly.

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* %%* MaleFrontalNudity: Nicholas, briefly.



* MinorInjuryOverreaction: Nicholas receives an order from Amin's soldiers that he is very sick and when he visits him, Amin himself believes that he was poisoned by Obote's men. Turns out [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the problem was just built up gas due to Amin mixing beer with aspirin]].
** FridgeBrilliance: It's possible Amin never really believed it was anything serious, and just acted like that to [[ManipulativeBastard bring Nicholas closer to his circle.]]
** Also how the two of them meet: Nick and Sara get pulled over by soldiers looking for a doctor after Amin is injured in a car accident with a cow. Turns out Amin only sprained his hand, but the way he and his guards act, you's think he had been severely injured--he even later introduces Nicholas as "the man who saved my life".

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* MinorInjuryOverreaction: MinorInjuryOverreaction:
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Nicholas receives an order from Amin's soldiers that he is very sick and when he visits him, Amin himself believes that he was poisoned by Obote's men. Turns out [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the problem was just built up gas due to Amin mixing beer with aspirin]].
** FridgeBrilliance: It's possible Amin never really believed it was anything serious, and just acted like that to [[ManipulativeBastard bring Nicholas closer to his circle.]]
** Also how
How the two of them meet: Nick and Sara get pulled over by soldiers looking for a doctor after Amin is injured in a car accident with a cow. Turns out Amin only sprained his hand, but the way he and his guards act, you's think he had been severely injured--he even later introduces Nicholas as "the man who saved my life".



** Yet still averted with Nicholas, who despite by now having a very good idea of what Amin's capable of, carries on an affair with Kay while making little to no effort to hide it.



* ScaryBlackMan: Amin, of course. Some of his men are also this.

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* %%* ScaryBlackMan: Amin, of course. Some of his men are also this.



* SidelongGlanceBiopic

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* StarcrossedLovers: Kay and Garrigan.

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* %%* StarcrossedLovers: Kay and Garrigan.



* TooDumbToLive: Sleeping with Amin's wife, after you've seen what he's capable of? Not making every effort to conceal your affair? Not using protection, leading to her pregnancy and subsequent [[spoiler: death?]] Sorry, Nicholas, you brought what follows on yourself.
** Admittedly the only sex we see came right after one hell of a drinking montage, so at the time [[AlcoholInducedIdiocy he was probably drunk out of his mind]].
** He continued to see her even before he found out she was pregnant.
** Not to mention completely ignoring that Amin was committing bald-faced atrocities on his own people, in lieu of accepting Amin's explanation that cracking down on Obote's remaining supporters will bring a lasting peace to the country and that the guy was utterly insane (Though to be fair, Amin's AffablyEvil nature did a good job masking his insanity up until the middle of the movie).



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Amin again.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Nicholas, [[spoiler: when he finds Kay's body.]]

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* %%* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Amin again.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Nicholas, Nicholas throws up in full sight when he [[spoiler: when he finds Kay's mutilated body.]]



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Sarah and the missionary are totally abandoned when Nick becomes Amin's physician.
** They are seen again towards the end, being evacuated as the situation worsens. Yet another "safer option" he should have stuck with, rather than letting himself be drawn into Amin's circle.
15th Aug '15 5:35:19 AM Morgenthaler
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** One can probably guess that Kay's son Mackenzie, who Nicholas saved once, would also count for this trope considering the fact that Nicholas essentially [[spoiler: caused his mother to be killed gruesomely at the hands of his father. It doesn't really help that when Nicholas finds Kay's body in the hospital, Mackenzie is giving him a look that screams "this is your fault, isn't it?".]]
23rd Jul '15 10:44:06 PM siberia82
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* BillingDisplacement: The central character is Nicholas. Yet the most remembered part is of course Creator/ForestWhitaker's Idi Amin. Whitaker is also billed first even though Creator/JamesMcAvoy is in much more of the movie.




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* WolverinePublicity: Creator/JamesMcAvoy's Dr. Garrigan is the main protagonist, but Creator/ForestWhitaker's Amin completely dominates the theatrical poster (see the image at the top of this page) and the North American [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Nnwj5qvuL.jpg Blu-Ray/DVD cover]].
18th Jul '15 10:57:30 AM redandready45
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* AxCrazy: Idi Amin.
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