Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

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This article is about the film. For details of the real-life rise and fall of Idi Amin, see Idi Amin
Rise and Fall of Idi Amin
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Film poster
Directed by Sharad Patel
Produced by Sharad Patel
Written by Wade Huie
Starring Joseph Olita
Denis Hills
Tony Sibbald
Music by Christopher Gunning
Cinematography Harvey Harrison
Edited by Keith Palmer II
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • 25 August 1981 (1981-08-25)
Running time 101 minutes
Country Kenya
Nigeria
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $26 million
Box office $36 million

Rise and Fall of Idi Amin, also known as Amin: The Rise and Fall, is a 1981 biographical film directed by Sharad Patel and starring Joseph Olita as Idi Amin.

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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