A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

Blu-ray Disc - 2017
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Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. When they decided to marry, just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. However, their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.

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Nooksack20
Dec 12, 2017

Remarkable, well crafted movie about the founding of The Democratic Republic of Botswana. Top notch acting in the portrayal of the underhanded manner in which the UK tried to ban the prince from his home country for life and the eventual triumph of the leaders of Botswana.

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Lucik32
Nov 26, 2017

I was little disappointed - it was way too long for my taste and perhaps because English is my second language I totally did not understand the deal Khama made with the British government. So I missed the entire point (sigh). I also found this movie to be overly too melodramatic. There were two surprises for this: for too much melodrama this was not an USA movie. And my home country was signed under the production as well. Which is unusual (but great).

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dontbugmeimreading
Nov 11, 2017

As a fan of The #1 Ladies Detective Agency books, I have heard a lot about Mr. Seretse Khama so this movie got my attention. The story and the acting were both great however, it left me wanting more. The movie seems to stop just as the story starts getting interesting. Diamonds are being found, their neighbouring country, South Africa, embraces apartheid and yet little Botswana manages to remain independent and prosperous under Seretse's leadership. That's the story I want to hear.

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2017

Lovely film. Well acted. Great insight into the history of Botswana which stood in contrast to the apartheid of South Africa. Mr. Churchill does is not a hero of this story. Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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graybear2
Oct 15, 2017

Inspiring! A historical fact-based movie that is very timely for today's world. We didn't know about this series of events in the late 1940s so the movie was educational as well as entertaining. A political drama and love story in one. Watch the extra for a glimpse of the main characters' son.

JCLLeeAnnB Oct 07, 2017

This was an inspiring and enjoyable movie but it was also lengthy. It was also a entertaining to watch Rosamund Pike in a role vastly different from the one she played in "Gone Girl."

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ralwal
Sep 06, 2017

Very interesting piece of history about which I knew nothing. Everything about it so very well done. We need more movies of this calibre.

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samjenks
Aug 29, 2017

Great Love Story.

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wayne_wu
Aug 22, 2017

Beautiful movie. I like it.

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ba_library
Aug 20, 2017

Interesting film based on a true a story about an heir apparent, prince of Bechuanland (now Botswana) who marries a British white woman in the colonialism era. The actors describe the film as a love story, and a political saga. The film starts in the late 1940s and the Bechuanland prince is living in England. His country is a British protectorate and the English have political concerns because South Africa has just initiated apartheid, have been confiscating African mineral resources and they want to continue to rule and exploit “their” African possessions. The African prince marries his British sweetheart and takes her home to Africa where his Uncle has been ruling as regent. The Uncle and the local population are not keen on a white queen, but the couple persists and overcome conflict from the Bechuanlanders and the oppressive British white rule and command. The story is very timely and even more impressive considering that it happened in the 1940s. Bechuanland finally gains independence in 1966 and the couple portrayed in the film have children – one of their sons eventually becomes a democratically elected president of Botswana. The lead actors are excellent and the story moving – worth the wait for this DVD.

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