Rise and Fall of Idi Amin
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|Rise and Fall of Idi Amin|
|Directed by||Sharad Patel|
|Produced by||Sharad Patel|
|Written by||Wade Huie|
|Music by||Christopher Gunning|
|Edited by||Keith Palmer II|
|Distributed by||International Film Marketing|
|Running time||101 minutes|
|Box office||$36 million|
It details the controversial actions and atrocities of the former dictator of Uganda, Idi Amin Dada, during his violent rise to power in 1971 until his overthrow in 1979 as the result of the Uganda–Tanzania War. Rise and Fall of Idi Amin was a co-production of the United Kingdom, Kenya and Nigeria, with most of filming done in Kenya, less than a year after Amin's downfall.
Despite being branded as an exploitation film, it is actually quite accurate with the facts and dates of the events depicted, including the Israeli raid, the war with Tanzania, and the capture and imprisonment of British journalist Denis Hills (who portrays himself in the film). It does, however, take certain liberties, especially with the portrayal of Amin (such as being shown to be a cannibal, reflecting a popular rumor). For the most part, the film accurately portrays many real people, including Bob Astles, Amin's white advisor and assistant.
When released to international audiences, including in the United States, most of the voices were dubbed, due to poor sound production. Joseph Olita also played Amin in the 1991 film Mississippi Masala.
As a promotional gimmick, cardboard cutouts of Idi Amin were put in theaters showing the movie, where patrons were encouraged to throw bean bags at them. The gimmick was promoted in newspaper ads for the movie with the slogan "Vent your spleen! Bean Amin!"
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