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A United Kingdom (2016)

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The story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his loving but controversial marriage to a British white woman, Ruth Williams, put his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil.



(screenplay by), (based upon the book 'Colour Bar' by)
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3 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Rufus Lancaster
Muriel Williams
Naledi Khama
Lady Lilly Canning
Vusi Kunene ...
Tshekedi Khama
George Williams
Dot Williams
Olivia Lancaster
Michael Nash
Ella Khama
Tony Benn


In the late 1940s, Prince Seretse Khama of Bechuanaland is studying law in Britain in preparation for his eventual ascension to the throne. There, the dashing prince falls in love with a white British clerk, Ruth Williams, and they plan to marry. While they suspect that his uncle, the Regent, would disapprove, nothing prepares them for the diplomatic firestorm and domestic political tumult their defiant love would spark. Now facing a citizenry leery of a white Briton as their Queen, the international opposition is even more unyielding from the British holding their land as a protectorate and fearful of South Africa's racist backlash to this affront to their apartheid domination. Against all odds, King Khama and Ruth must struggle to maintain their love and help their people in a land that would become the Republic of Botswana. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language including racial epithets and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 February 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Um Reino Unido  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,510, 12 February 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,901,302, 19 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,819,139, 23 July 2017
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming occurred at the Old Royal Naval College (now University of Greenwich) in London on Monday 23rd November. See more »


One of the British bureaucrats says that South Africa wants to annex "Botswana". At the time the story is set, it was known as the protectorate of Bechuanaland. It wasn't until 1966 when it gained independence that the name "Botswana" was used. See more »


Roberts: [to Seretse on seeing him with Ruth] Keep your hands off our property
Ruth Williams: [offended] I'M NOT YOUR PROPERTY
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Pula Kgosi Seretse
Written by Miriam Makeba
Performed by Miriam Makeba & Skylarks
Published by © Gallo Music Publishers (SAMRO)
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Great Movie and Hidden Jewel.
28 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those movies that is flying under the radar and deserves to be seen. It is a wonderful story, well scripted, well acted, and has terrific cinematography. The fact that is a true story makes one wonder what the hell we have been learning in school when we have never been taught this type of history. I give this a ten and really it deserves it. It is a shame people have degraded the rating for some reason other than the fact that this is good cinema. It is a very deserving movie and is like the movie Hidden Figures or Queen Katwe, it is important for history. I am a white conservative and think everyone should see the movie.

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