Rise and Fall of Idi Amin

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Rise and Fall of Idi Amin
Cover - Rise & Fall of Idi Amin.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Sharad Patel
Produced by Sharad Patel
Written by Wade Huie
Starring Joseph Olita
Denis Hills
Tony Sibbald
Thomas Baptiste
Music by Christopher Gunning
Cinematography Harvey Harrison
Edited by Keith Palmer II
Distributed by International Film Marketing[1]
Release date
  • 25 August 1981 (1981-08-25)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Kenya
Nigeria
United Kingdom
Language English
Swahili
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,[2][3] less than a year after Amin's downfall.[4]

Despite being branded as an exploitation film, it is reasonably 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).[1]

When released internationally, most of the voices were dubbed because of poor sound production.[5]

Olita also played Amin in the 1991 film Mississippi Masala.[6]

The film won five awards, including best actor, at the Las Vegas International Film Festival.[7]

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