A United Kingdom

Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  111 min.
Release Date:
February 24, 2017 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal
February 24, 2017 - Toronto, Vancouver, Montréal - February 24, 2017 - Toronto
DVD: June 6, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.11
based on 18 votes and 7 reviews
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Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Tom Felton, Terry Pheto, Laura Carmichael

Inspiration: Prince Seretse Khama


In London in 1947, a white London office worker named Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) goes to a party with her sister and meets a young black man (David Oyelowo). She soon finds out that he is Prince Seretse Khama from Botswana who is soon to be King, having lost his father. When Seretse proposes marriage to her, Ruth's father disowns her. Nonetheless, they are married, but they have no idea what an outcry their union has caused.

When Seretse takes Ruth back home to Botswana to live, his uncle turns his back on him, stating that Seretse is unfit to rule. The English and South African governments are also against the union, and set up a ruse to get Seretse and Ruth to return to England, where they plan to separate the two.

Director: Amma Asante
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Rick McCallum, Charlie Mason, Justin Moore-Lewy, Brunson Green, David Oyelowo, Peter Heslop
Screenplay: Guy Hibbert
Official Site: AUnitedKingdomFilm.com

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  • 5 stars "Fantastic movie! Highly recommend."
  • 5 stars "What a beautiful surprise. Hadn't heard a peep about this movie! How?! I loved the historical element, the acting, ...simply a lovely movie that shows the courage of a visible couple in a time where colour and race were identity."
  • 5 stars "Very well done. Not well advertised, which is a shame as everyone should see this movie."