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Friday, October 20, 2006

GREENLIGHT #83: The Last King of Scotland (with "A Dry White Season" and "The Crying Game")

Ann and Les were very impressed with The Last King of Scotland (2006) even though he was truly a crazy man. They were particularly impressed with Forest Whitaker's astounding performance as the ghastly Idi Amin. The rest of the cast was worth watching as well, including James McAvoy, Kerry Washington , and a small part by a blond Gillian Anderson . Much credit goes to director Kevin Macdonald who managed to tell this horrible story with a sense of humanity. For their GREENLIGHT Rentals, Les recommends another film set in Africa, though a bit further south, called A Dry White Season (1997.) It features Donald Sutherland as a conscientious teacher in apartheid South Africa. When he realizes that things are not right, he hires a barrsiter played by Marlon Brando. Very interesting. Ann recommends a Neil Jordan film in which she first saw Mr. Whitaker and the one everyone remembers for him and Jaye Davidson's "surprise." It's called The Crying Game (1993.)

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