I first heard about this movie when it came out around 2006, I usually like biographies but I wasn't in a hurry to see that one since it seemed excellent but extremely violent... They advertised it as being based on real-life events, so I bought the DVD figuring it might have something to do with President Joseph Mobutu of Zaire, since I knew he had a personal American physician for 17 year, who as it turn out was the father of Hollywood actress Glenn Close... However President Mobutu was very peaceful and a president beloved by the population for all his tenure... As it turn out it's a more or less accurate depiction of real-life dictator Idi Amin Dada, who proclaimed himself "Africa's Adolf Hitler" and who ruled Uganda from 1971 to 1979. It's hard to know if the depiction made in this movie is accurate, but according to Wikipedia his 10-years rule has been characterized by "political repression, ethnic persecution, extrajudicial killings, nepotism, corruption, and gross economic mismanagement." The number of people killed during his tenure is estimated by international observers to range from 100 000 up to 500 000, and his behavior during the last years of his rule have apparently been deemed "erratic and outspoken". He died in Saudi Arabia in 2003, and at the time of his death his only income was a 1400$ monthly allowance he was reportedly receiving from the Saudi government. Regarding the movie in itself the only useful thing to say is that it's violent but really worth seeing and entertaining, it's one of the rare movies to had been filmed entirely on location in Africa... Forest Whittaker won an Oscar for his noteworthy performance.