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A United Kingdom

1 h 50 min2017NR
David Oyelowo (Selma) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) star in this inspiring true story of the forbidden love between the King of Botswana and a white English woman in the 1940s.
Amma Asante
David OyelowoRosamund PikeJack Davenport
English [CC]
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Laura Carmichael
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1213 global ratings

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Jack E. LevicReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2017
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A UNITED KINGDOM might be a small film by Hollywood standards but it packs a powerful emotional jolt. Here is the amazingly true story of the trials of interracial marriage. To complicate matters, imagine being the future King of the African nation of Botswana and falling in love with and marrying a white Englishwoman. Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams had remarkable love story survived against all odds. Ironically, it's the British government that does everything in their power to keep Seretse separated from his loving wife and beloved homeland.

It's a wonderful experience when a story is based on fact and the viewer craves to find out the full story. Seretse fought for the rights of his people and to bring Botswana democracy and prosperity. The current President of Botswana is the son of Seretse and Ruth. These facts alone would be enough to entice a viewer but it only gets better. A UNITED KINGDOM is the first feature film to be made in Botswana. The actual house where Seretse and Ruth lived is used in the film. Here is realism at its best.

The chemistry between actors David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike is truly electrifying. Here are two wonderful and under appreciated actors at the top of their form. Oyelowo is an actor to watch with an impressive array of roles (Martin Luther King in SELMA and Robert Katende in QUEEN OF KATWE). An amazing cast all around makes A UNITED KINGDOM a stellar production.

Yes, A UNITED KINGDOM is a small film that tells a true story of undying love and political hijinx on the highest levels. It is a refreshing break from visual effects fueled super heroes of Hollywood. Here is the story of two very human super heroes who dramatically changed their world for the better.
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S in CoReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2017
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A beautiful movie about the history of Botswana
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Before this movie, I did not know much of the history of Botswana and it's Independence. After this movie, I did a great deal of studying it's journey to Independence, and in my humble opinion, this movie does a good job. As people who travel to Africa frequently, my family was mesmerized watching this film and watching history unfold.
If you enjoy love stories, historical movies, rooting for the underdog, or simply a visually beautiful film, you will enjoy this film. To say the lead actor, David Oyelowo, does a wonderful job, is an understatement.
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Eduardo FernandezReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2020
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A dramatic love story with a happy ending
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Even though the racist events of this real life story are terrible, as the marriage of Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams was problematic to the superpower of the time, the British Empire and to South Africa with the apartheid system, it's encouraging to know that love prevailed, justice prevailed, and Botswana is now a pacific country where their descendants live and where Ruth Williams Khama decided to live after his husband died. Very recommended.
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Lance B. SjogrenReviewed in the United States on September 10, 2020
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does justice to the history
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This is an incredible story out of history which I don't think many people are familiar with. (I wasn't until I watched the movie).

When you take on such a significant story from history, it's a tall order to create a movie that does it justice. I believe the people who made this movie completely succeeded in that regard.

To me the most amazing aspect of the story is how one courageous couple was able to achieve so much social change, not only in Britain but also with the people of Botswana.
SerenaReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2020
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The playback quality was good, and, most importantly, it's a fantastic movie! If you like movies like The Help, Driving Miss Daisy, The Green Book, Breathe, Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio, The Long Walk, etc. then you'll love this one!
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RoxannReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
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Interracial relationship and true love
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This was an exceptional movie especially if you are in or going into an interracial relationship. It gives you a better understanding of what's involved for both parties no matter what your "station" in life. Despite it being from a different day and time things have an undercurrent of not having changed for some people. That's a terrible shame since it's all about love, not color.
kathleenReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2021
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Excellent and timely in 2020
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Just came upon this knowledge at all of the history of Botswana but learned so much....shows a real struggle for democracy and given all going on in 2020 we should value it even more. Acting is great. Highly recommend this movie which is almost a documentary.
stableladyhawkeReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2018
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Talk about star crossed lovers...true story!
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This is a great movie of a slice of history very few knew or talked about in its day. A young leader from Botswana fell for a white women in London of the late 1950’s&60s. The world would not allow them to live together although they were married! Early African politics are evocatively explained in this story about a remarkable couple that wanted to leave be each other and their country.
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