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Based on the book by Giles Foden, the film recounts Amins horrific reign through the eyes of a semi-fictional character, Nick Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young doctor from Scotland who travels to Uganda hoping to do some good. Nick is more sanguine about new president Amin than is his counterpart Sarah Merrit (Gillian Armstrong), whose experience causes her to be skeptical of Amins bombastic declarations.
After an automobile accident, Nick is called in to treat the Presidents wounds. His authoritative behavior impresses Amin, who charms Nick into becoming his personal physician. Nick embraces his newfound life of luxury, but he is unable to grasp the reality of the situation. When he does finally realize the atrocities Amin is inflicting upon his people, the terrified doctor tries to make a frantic escape before its too late.
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