A United Kingdom (2016) Tuesday, 07 July 2020

A United Kingdom (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes, violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    No man is free who is not master of himself.

  • Starring:

    David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Laura Carmichael, Terry Pheto, Jessica Oyelowo

  • Directed by:

    Amma Asante

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), 12A (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man is jumped by several men in the street: men punched/tackled/thrown to the ground; woman slapped. An angry mob are beaten with sticks, a man is pelted with objects. Men in boxing ring (punching/headbutting). A man is repeatedly threatened. Drawing of lynched man with the words "N*ggers out"). A woman jabs her baby to make her cry (off-camera). Arguing, yelling. Objects thrown/knocked off table. Fighting, bloodshed, violence, war, injured fighter pilots, Stalin, Jim Crow, atomic bomb mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody head, nose, eye. Childbirth scene (woman screaming in pain). A woman collapses. Woman in hospital beds. Malnutrition, diptheria, malaria mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couple kiss/caress/undress (sex implied). Couple seen in bed together. Flirting, kisssing, hugging. Shirtless men.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, beer, cocktail, sherry). Bar setting, intoxication. Smoking (cigarettes, pipes).

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling (monkey, n*gger, fool, coon, scum, slut, whore, bastard, savage, yobs, pawns, etc). Religious references and exclamations (oh God, what in God's name, what the devil, deal with the devil).

  • THEMES:

    Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, Ruth Williams, racism, sexism, colonialism, love, apartheid, segregation, British rule, exile, scandal, discrimination, post-war London, childbirth, equality, family, duty, mining, history, true stories.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Engagement, wedding, childbirth scene. Estranged family, estranged uncle. Dead parents, divorce mentioned. Giraffe, rhino, goats, cows, horses, water birds. Planes. Animal heads on walls/animal skin seen. Brief subtitles. Based on Colour Bar: The Triumph of Seretse Khama and His Nation by Susan Williams. Inspired by true events.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Rich, stirring, satisfying, rousing, crowd-pleasing, earnest, warm, idealist, romantic, gutsy, solid, competent, heartfelt, sweet, compelling, moving, handsome. Believable chemistry between David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike, remarkable true story, compelling subplots, lovingly photographed, romantic score, near-flawless period look.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Cautious, straight, cosy, sentimental, basic, oversimplified. Gets a little sentimental/schmaltzy/dry/boring, workmanlike/clumsy screenplay, expository/on-the-nose dialogue.

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