Friday, October 13, 2006



Milton Obote was a Ugandan political leader who led the country to independence from the British colonial adminstration in 1962. He was overthrown by Idi Amin Dada in 1971.

On June 27, 1976 Air France Flight 139, originating in Tel Aviv, Israel carrying 248 passengers and a crew of 12 took off from Athens, Greece heading for Paris, France. Shortly after takeoff, the flight was hijacked by four terrorists, two from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The flight was diverted to Libya for refuelling then flew on to Entebbe International Airport, about 35 km. from the Uganda capital of Kampala.

James McAvoy: recent graduate Dr. Nicholas Garrigan
Adam Kotz: Dr. David Merrit physician at the Mogambo mission
Gillian Anderson: his wife Sara
Forest Whitaker: Ugandan dictator General Idi Amin
Kerry Washington: Amin's third wife Kay
Simon McBurney: Foreign Service Officer Nigel Stone

Idi Amin was such a complex man prone to fits of anger one minute then could quickly become the most charming person in the room. His moods changed so rapidly it is a wonder anybody can portray him. But Forest Whitaker gives one of the most riveting performances seen in years. The supporting cast does an excellent job too, but my vote goes for Whitaker.

Based on historical fact, it is inevitable that some of the awful things that took place during Amin’s reign come to light. Several scenes make for unpleasant viewing but if you can handle it, this is one terrific movie.

for some graphic violence and several gruesome images, brief sexual content and language.

The title is so misleading some would write it off and not bother going to see it simply because they have no interest in Scottish history. But the movie has little to do about Scotland other than the fact the young doctor comes from there and Idi Amin has a passing interest in things Scottish.

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