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Amin: The Rise and Fall (1981)

Rise and Fall of Idi Amin (original title)
R | | Biography, Crime, Drama | May 1982 (USA)
The chronicle of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and his tyranic rule from 1971 to his overthrow in 1979.

Director:

Sharad Patel

Writer:

Wade Huie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Olita Joseph Olita ... Idi Amin
Thomas Baptiste ... Dr. Michael Oloya
Leonard Trolley Leonard Trolley ... Bob Astles
Geoffrey Keen ... British Ambassador
Louis Mahoney ... Freedom fighter Ofumbi
André Maranne ... French Ambassador
Denis Hills Denis Hills ... Self
Tony Sibbald ... Canadian Ambassador Davis
Norbert Okare Norbert Okare ... Kiwanuka
Ka Vundla Ka Vundla ... Malyamungu
Martin Okello Martin Okello ... Amin Officer
Nicky Giles Nicky Giles ... White Girl
Ann Wanjuga Ann Wanjuga ... Mrs. Olaya
Gordon Gardner Gordon Gardner ... Israeli Ambassador
Alf Joint ... American Ambassador
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Storyline

This biographical movie begins with a short blurb about Uganda, followed by the joyous scenes surrounding Amin's military takeover from Milton Obote. He goes about arresting and torturing the rebels. In his freezer he keeps the heads of his rivals and says: "It is a Kaqwa way. I talk to them". Amin then goes about having Asians expelled from Uganda saying: "Uganda is for Ugandas. There will be no more Shahs and Patels. Let them swim back." After the infamous 1976 Entebbe hostage situation where Israeli commandos make a daring rescue of their citizens who were taken into Uganda on a hijacked plane, Amin has Dora Bloch (the only hostage the Israelis couldn't liberate) killed. Amin then goes on to believing he is the 'Hitler of Africa' and promises that he will actually erect a statue in honour of his namesake "in the middle of Kampala". Amin becomes a rather childish and sick psychopath who mixes voodoo, rape, torture, and dancing. He says things like: "I am the best lover of Africa", "... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Country:

UK | Nigeria | Kenya

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

As a promotional gimmick, theaters showing the movie were given cardboard cutouts of Amin as well as bean bags. People going to see the movie were encouraged to hit the Amin cutout with the bean bags. Newspaper ads for the movie promoted the gimmick with the slogan "Vent your spleen! Bean Amin!" See more »

Quotes

Malyamungu: [adressing Idi Amin at an army parade] And now I present to you, the Life President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Al Hajji, Field Marshal, Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE.
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My First Video Nasty
9 October 2004 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

RISE AND FALL OF IDI AMIN has a very special significance for me because it's the very first movie I saw on video . It was late Autumn 1982 and the video recorder was really making waves on the home entertainment front and these were the days when there was little censorship as to what you could watch on video

This may have been a slight problem for RISE AND FALL OF IDI AMIN , while not being a true video nasty in the sense that it was later banned on home video like I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE etc it did become very very difficult to find after video censorship was brought into this country by the BBFC . It is a knowingly exploitative movie with some very shocking scenes of violence: People literally lose gallons of blood after being stabbed or shot , there's scenes of cannabilism and there's a very infamous scene in an Ugandan torture chamber where a man is hit over the head with a crow bar causing a fountain of blood to explode from his head

Being in such a hurry to shock the audience the producers haven't made such a good job of explaining as to why Amin became such a cruel despot and everything seems to have skimmed over . That said there's no denying that the producers want the audience to know just how cruel Amin is - If he takes a liking to a woman he'll have her partner murdered by his goons and he'll force himself upon her , any journalists asking too many questions will be given a fair trial before they're executed and how many dictators have kicked out Asian Muslims from their country while holding the Israelis to ransom ? Perhaps the scene that sums up " Dada " the best is when someone tries to explain economics with him :

" If we don't get inflation under control then the currency will be as worthless as toilet paper "

" Sh*t paper ! SH*T PAPER . You call Ugandan money sh*t paper . Sargeant take this man outside and show him what we do to sh*t "

which seems to suggest he was nothing more than an ignorant thug who after becoming head of state became a meglomaniac too . Joseph Olita while not exactly being in the Morgan Freeman class of acting does at least bare a close physical resemblance to Amin and unlike Yaphet Kotto in RAID ON ENTEBBE does at least project some of the deranged despot's personality on screen , and talking of the Entebbe raid see what Amin did while the IDF were saving the hostages !

As I said this has special significance for me . It's a film I remember because of the circumstances I saw it rather than the film itself having any outstanding qualities . It's not bad but it is violent exploitation rather than a bio-pic and when someone makes THE RISE AND FALL OF SADDAM I hope they just don't concentrate on the torture scenes


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