->''"I am the father of this nation, Nicholas. And you have most... ''grossly''... offended your father."''
-->-- '''Idi Amin'''

''The Last King of Scotland'' is a critically acclaimed 2006 FilmOfTheBook which fictionalizes the rise and fall of UsefulNotes/IdiAmin, the infamous dictator from [[UsefulNotes/{{Uganda}} Uganda]].

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 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.

Soon Idi Amin descends from a smiling, wide-eyed man of the people to the butcher history will remember him as.

!!This movie contains examples of:

* AdultFear: Nicholas' situation. Imagine if you were friends with someone who's the leader of a nation and then they are being accused of being a dictator. Naturally you defend them, but what would you do when the accusations turn out to be ''facts'' and you watch your friend become unstable to the point where he'll kill anyone who does something he doesn't like, including you yourself?
** Remember Idi Amin ''was real''. Living in a developing (or fragile) country ruled by a murderously tyrannical dictator is sadly a reality for many people. One can go to Uganda and talk to Ugandan people who survived his regime (if they're willing), look at the accounts of those who are now deceased, or a current tyrannical dictatorship like North Korea.
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: After Garrigan has seen ample evidence of what Idi Amin is capable of, he gets incredibly drunk and sleeps with Amin's wife, makes no effort to conceal the affair, and doesn't even use protection, leading to her pregnancy and [[spoiler:her subsequent horrible death.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Every female, single or married, in the movie seems to hit on Garrigan. Also, Amin had three wives, but they probably did not have much of a choice.
%%* AmbitionIsEvil: And how.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: After he's done humiliating Nicholas for not believing him about Amin's atrocities sooner, Stone offers his help... in exchange for assassinating Amin. Subverted in the fact that Nicholas initially refuses to do so, before [[spoiler: Kay's brutal murder proves to be the final straw for him and pushes him into action]].
* AntagonistTitle: Brutal dictator Idi Amin is the eponymous Last King of Scotland referred to by the film's title (which was a real life title he took for himself). Nick Garrigan is the protagonist.
* AxCrazy: Idi Amin. He is an incredibly volatile and vicious MoodSwinger that just gets worse and worse as the movie goes on.
* BatmanGambit: Done by Nicholas in order to kill Amin. It doesn't work and the consequences for doing so are not to be envied.
* BaitTheDog: The central theme of the movie, both for Nicholas, and the audience.
* BigBad: Amin is the primary antagonist, and is the one responsible for just about every atrocity committed onscreen.
* BittersweetEnding: Nicholas escapes Uganda with his life, but he has to live with the fact that innocent people died thanks to him.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Nicholas is initially deeply contemptuous of the SmugSnake British diplomat Stone, but while Stone is clearly someone with ambiguous ethics himself, it quickly becomes apparent that Amin is a thousand times worse. Unfortunately, Nicholas' earlier contempt and blindness comes back to bite him, since Stone makes it clear that he is going to demand a high price in exchange for his help in getting Nicholas out of the country. Nicholas himself is also not a paragon, being a rather selfish, naive and venal man for much of the movie.
* BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama: And ''how''. Nicholas gets Kay pregnant and knows that between hers and Amin's SexlessMarriage and that Nicholas is the only white man in Amin's circle, their affair is certain to be discovered.
* BodyDouble: Amin uses one to briefly trick Nicholas when he comes to talk to him.
* BrokenPedestal: Slowly but surely, Nicholas becomes disillusioned and then disgusted with Amin, the man he initially held in high esteem.
* TheCaligula: Amin, obviously. A ruthless dictator who's more interested in enjoying the perks of leadership instead of fulfilling the responsibilities, and will kill and/or torture anyone who gets in his way.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Do ''not'' watch the last half hour or so of this movie if you've just eaten. Amin says the technique he used 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. At first, things appear to be good under Amin, but as he shows his true colors, Uganda very quickly becomes a very unpleasant place to live.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Sorry, Kay. We only see the aftermath, but it clearly wasn't a pleasant way to go]].
* CulturalPosturing: Amin thoroughly indulges in black nationalism, extolling Africa as the cradle of civilization and Uganda as the heart of the world.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Both Garrigan and Amin.
* DecoyLeader: Nicholas mistakes an Amin double for the real thing.
* TheDragon: Masanga, the chief of Amin's soldiers.
* DoubleStandard: Kay, one of Amin's ''three'' wives, is discarded by him because he holds her at fault for their child having epilepsy, yet he's enraged at the discovery of ''her'' infidelity.
%%* EvilIsHammy: Amin.
* EvilSoundsDeep: Amin sports a deep voice, that actually gets deeper the more unhinged he gets.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Nicholas refuses to scream during his torture, and probably wasn't expecting to survive.
* FallenHero: Amin definitely qualifies [[FromACertainPointOfView from Garrigan's perspective]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Topless gogo dancers with a side order of Creator/JamesMcAvoy's arse. [[MaleFrontalNudity And front.]]
** On the DVD commentary, director Kevin McDonald notes that the ''main'' thing everyone seemed to remember after test screenings was Kerry Washington's behind.
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler: Kay's]] corpse is found completely naked. Aside from the standard "dead bodies are [[{{Squick}} Squicky]]" effect, there's also the fact that [[spoiler: she has a horrified expression on her face and her arms and legs have swapped positions]], resulting in a grotesque figure.
* FatalFlaw: Nicholas's naivety. Also, his desire for risks and adventure; throughout the movie, he keeps making rejecting the safe (and in his mind, boring) option in favour of something more risky and exciting, only for it to become increasingly clear as things get much worse for him that he really should have stayed with the safe option.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Idi Amin. TruthInTelevision as the real Amin was quite charming despite being every bit the [[TheCaligula unstable tyrant]] he's depicted as in the film. Even {{lampshaded}} by the TagLine.
* {{Filth}}: Amin and his inner circle are seen watching a private showing of ''Deep Throat'' in his palace. He asks Nicholas (a doctor) if it's medically possible for a woman to actually have a clitoris in their throat. Nicholas replies that in nature [[StealthInsult all aberrations are possible]].
* ForeignCultureFetish: Amin is fascinated by Scottish culture, going as far as proclaiming himself "the last king of Scotland" (hence the title). [[InvertedTrope Conversely]], he specifically despises English culture, so his affinity may also have something to do with seeing both Uganda and Scotland as rebels to the British state.
* FullCircleRevolution: In tandem with HistoryRepeats. Creator/GillianAnderson's character, Sarah, correctly predicts that in two years Amin's regime would be as bad, if not worse, than Obote's. Every time a new leader replaces an old one, there's much rejoicing in the streets. After Amin's fall, Obote came back into power and committed further atrocities.
* HannibalLecture: Amin gives one to Nicholas, after finding out that the latter had an affair with the former's wife Kay. Amin derides Nicholas for thinking that everything is a game, and telling him that [[spoiler: Nicholas' death may be the first real thing that happens to him.]] See also MightyWhitey below.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Obote and the Israelis.
* HeroicSacrifice: Essentially what [[spoiler: Dr. Junju]] does, [[spoiler: healing Nicholas (tortured for betrayed Amin), freeing him, and secretly sending him on a plane out of Uganda]] knowing the consequences and simply saying "I don't know" when asked why he did it. And one of Amin's men promptly shoots him in the head.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: Nicholas Garrigan is based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Astles Bob Astles]] (he wasn't Scottish), who was imprisoned twice for his association to Ugandan presidents, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milton_Obote Milton Obote]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idi_Amin Idi Amin]]. Astles in real life was a MinionWithAnFInEvil; Garrigan on the other hand is a LoveableRogue[=/=]JerkassWoobie who, it is implied, helps bring down the Amin regime.
* {{Hypocrite}}: When Nicholas tries to convince Amin not to exile the Indians, Amin ridicules him for begging for his "fucking Asian tailors" and says that he's a nobody. When the media has a field day with this act, Amin says that he should have never done that and asks Nicholas why he didn't convince him not to, saying that he's his "personal advisor".
* [[InSeriesNickname In Film Nickname]]: Stone informs Nicholas that the public refers to him as "Amin's white monkey".
* ImAHumanitarian: Jokingly [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by Amin himself during the first formal dinner scene. Also, rumours about Amin's cannibalism are given a nod.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Stone, the SmugSnake British Foreign Office representative that Garrigan hates, eventually turns out to be right about Amin's brutality. In no way is he nice about making his point to Nicholas when the doctor comes for his help after [[spoiler: Amin replaces Nicholas' British passport with a Ugandan one to prevent him from escaping]] and tells him that the only way he'll help is if Nicholas does his bidding. Subverted when Nicholas IS willing to kill Amin after Kay's death....and Stone tells him he doesn't care anymore.
* KillEmAll: [[spoiler:The only major characters left alive at the end of the film are Amin and Garrigan.]]
* KilledMidSentence: [[spoiler: Dr. Junju, for helping Nicholas out of Uganda.]] One of Amin's men shoots him in the head, just as he mentions his wife.
* LargeHam: Creator/ForestWhitaker as Idi Amin. His effort in portraying the dictator didn't go unnoticed, as he won 23 awards for his role.
* TheLastTitle: The title.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Nicholas is clearly attracted to Kay the moment he meets her.
%%* MaleFrontalNudity: Nicholas, briefly.
* MercyKill: Nicholas is called to a road accident where Amin has sprained his hand after his vehicle collided with a cow. The cow keeps bellowing while Nicholas is trying to treat the injury, until he impulsively grabs Amin's pistol and kills the animal. This nearly gets him shot by Amin's bodyguards, but the tension is broken when Amin discovers that Nicholas is Scottish.
* 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".
** Invoked in the ending, when [[spoiler: Dr. Junju says his reason for helping Nicholas to escape is so that Nicholas can tell the world of Amin's atrocities, saying that they will believe him because he is a white man.]]
* 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 the problem was just built up gas due to Amin mixing beer with aspirin.
** 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'd think he had been severely injured--he even later introduces Nicholas as "the man who saved my life".
* MoodSwinger: Amin can go from affable to bloodthirsty to paranoid to depressed in the blink of an eye.
* NewEraSpeech: In his first scene, Amin delivers a rousing speech about how things are going to improve under his leadership.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The guy Nicholas reports and accidentally gets murdered was actually trying to bring more medicine to Uganda.
* OhCrap: Nicholas has several of these, increasing in severity. First when he hears that the man he reported has disappeared; it's his first inkling that Amin isn't the good guy he presents himself as (he later finds out the guy WASN'T plotting treason). Then when he discovers that [[spoiler: Amin replaced his British passport with a Ugandan one]], then when Stone shows him all the atrocities that are happening in the countryside and what Amin did to eliminate his opposition, then [[spoiler: when he [[CruelAndUnusualDeath finds]] [[{{Squick}} Kay's body]]]] and finally, there's when his BatmanGambit to kill Amin fails and when Amin tells him that he knows about his affair with Kay.
* TheParanoiac: Amin. He frequently rants that some of his associates (if not all of them) plot to kill him. Some of the murders he commits are also simply based on his paranoia. In one scene he also says that he's surrounded by traitors.
* PrecisionFStrike:
--> '''Amin''': ...Or are you like all the other British? Just here to fuck, and then take away?
* PresidentEvil: Amin, of course. He's the new President of Uganda and a deranged and violent dictator.
* ProperlyParanoid: Definitely averted by Amin, but played straight with Nicholas, who tries to find a way to get out of Uganda without being seen by Amin's men, who were ordered by Amin himself to prevent this.
* PsychopathicManchild: Idi Amin.
-->'''Nicholas Garrigan:''' You're a child. That's what makes you so fucking scary.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Amin delivers one to Nicholas during [[spoiler: his torture.]]
-->'''Amin:''' Look at you. Is there one thing you have done that is good? Did you think this was all a game? 'I will go to Africa and I will play the white man with the natives.' Is that what you thought? We are not a game, Nicholas. We are real. This room here, it is real. I think [[spoiler: your death]] will be the first real thing that has happened to you.
%%* ScaryBlackMan: Amin, of course. Some of his men are also this.
* ShoutOut: To Theatre/KingLear - 'nothing comes from nothing'
%%* SidelongGlanceBiopic
* ShootTheDog: Garrigan is caught in an ambush meant for Amin, and runs over a civilian rather than stop, as they'd be dead anyway the moment the gunmen realised that Amin was in his car.
* ShutUpHannibal: Continuing on from the "Hannibal Lecture" cited above, after Amin's men have pummeled Garrigan and are about to severely torture him, Amin [[JerkassHasAPoint (with arguable degrees of accuracy)]] accuses him of being a white man who came to Africa as if it were all a game, to screw the local women and act like it was a giant vacation. Whatever Garrigan's personal faults might be, his retort to this is to finally state to Amin's face what none of his inner circle ever had the courage to point out, no matter how ridiculously obvious it increasingly became: "You are a child. That's what makes you so fucking scary".
* SpannerInTheWorks: Amin survives a well-planned assassination attempt only because he decides to travel in Garrigan's car instead of his official limousine.
%%* StarcrossedLovers: Kay and Garrigan.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: Amin's wife Kay,]] whose body is found inside a hospital... with some body parts [[{{Squick}} rearranged.]]
* TestedOnHumans: Amin's bodyguard forces a ChildSoldier to swallow one of the poisoned headache pills Garrigan had prepared for Amin, causing Garrigan to give himself away.
* ThrillSeeker: Nicholas' greatest flaw, as he longs for excitement, only to repeatedly end up in serious danger.
* TitleDrop: Amin, who has an affinity for Scottish culture, refers to himself as "The Last King of Scotland" in one of his speeches.
* TranquilFury: Amin and Nicholas's final confrontation is all the more terrifying due to the fact that Amin only raises his voice once. It really stands out due to the fact he's been hamming it up for the entire film.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Amin (if not so much in looks, ''definitely'' in personality) and Kay (presumably all his other wives as well).
* TheUnfavorite: Kay, the youngest of Amin's three wives. She was exiled by Amin because she gave birth to an epileptic son.
-->'''Kay:''' He visits the children. Not me. He thinks that I am a bad omen.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: {{Subverted}}. Nicholas initially thinks that Amin, while harsh at times, is necessary in order to make Uganda a great country. As the movie goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that Amin is actually a psychopath [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans and that he just enjoys being a murderous dictator.]]
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: While Idi Amin did exist and was a horrible dictator, Garrigan is a fictional character that incorporates some of Bob Astles' experiences.
* VillainousBreakdown: Well, to say Villainous Breakdown would imply that he was stable at one point, but Amin still counts.
%%* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Amin again.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Nicholas throws up in full sight when he [[spoiler: finds Kay's mutilated body.]]
* WallBangHer: Nicholas. [[TooDumbToLive With Amin's wife, of all people.]]
* WearingAFlagOnYourHead: Nicholas' has a T-shirt with the Scottish flag. Amin swaps his military shirt for it.
* WideEyedIdealist: Deconstructed; Garrigan's idealism when it comes to Amin is ultimately revealed to be naiveté on an almost unforgivable scale.
* 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]].