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A United Kingdom

  • Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike
  • Director: Amma Asante
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama, Romance
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 111 min.

A United Kingdom is the true story of the forbidden love of King Seretse Khama of Botswana (David Oyelowo) and Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), a white woman from London, which caused an international uproar when they decided to marry in the late 1940s just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa. It was a decision that altered the course of African history. [Fox Searchlight]

"An interracial romance between a British clerk and African royalty highights a historical flashpoint and offers a primo acting showcase for Oyelowo and Pike. It's a defiant cry from the heart."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The opening title "Based on a true story" can cover a multitude of movie sins, but in "A United Kingdom," it unlocks the door to a romantic drama that grows more remarkable by the minute."
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The result is a rich, stirring look at one of modern society's most enduring -- and yes, inspirational -- marriages, underpinned by political machinations that remain all too relevant."
- Kate Erbland, indieWire
"A rousing true love story brings African history to life."
- Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter
"It’s their quiet devotion and enduring dignity that give A United Kingdom not just a romantic center, but its soul. "
- Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
"The filmmaker has a real gift for getting into the political context of her stories while never neglecting the personal, and seeing the Khamas gradually win over his people, while still battling the British establishment, is gripping, rewarding and eventually moving. "
- Oliver Lyttelton, The Playlist
"A United Kingdom hits all of the necessary emotional notes and political intrigue of a solid historical figure drama."
- Sarah Kurchak, Consequence of Sound