A United Kingdom

A United Kingdom

DVD - 2017
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Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana causes an international stir when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. When they decided to marry, just as apartheid was being introduced into South Africa, it caused an international uproar. However, their passionate romance triumphed over every obstacle and changed the course of African history.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC UNI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 inches
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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Historical Romance. Based on a true story. In the 1940's Prince Seretse Khan of Bechuanaland (now called Botswana) is in England studying law in preparation for his eventual ascension to his country's throne. He falls in love with a British woman named Ruth Williams. Their marriage plans cause se... Read More »


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voisjoe1_0
Feb 07, 2018

A story of the relationship of White Great Britain and its Black African Colonies circa 1940. America should not be too smug about this. Consider that even today one of its two major parties at the federal level is 0.7% African American (One US Senator and one member of the House of Representatives) in a country of 12.6% African Americans.

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INVS
Feb 03, 2018

I enjoyed this historical film, David O has such a lovely voice, an accomplished actor. I am glad to now know of this incredible couple. The 'extra' selection is so worth your time for historical background.

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lavasushi
Jan 18, 2018

I enjoy learning from film stories that are “inspired”, or “based on” actual events. I knew nothing about Botswana at the beginning of Apartheid or King Seretse Khama and his white wife. Beautiful countryside, well-crafted though predictable.

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uncommonreader
Jan 02, 2018

A good story that should be better known, although a little too melodramatic.

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ms_mustard
Dec 31, 2017

both educational and entertaining. a wonderfully acted love story with lessons in political maneuvers.

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Nooksack20
Dec 12, 2017

Remarkable, well crafted movie about the founding of The Democratic Republic of Botswana. Top notch acting in the portrayal of the underhanded manner in which the UK tried to ban the prince from his home country for life and the eventual triumph of the leaders of Botswana.

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Lucik32
Nov 26, 2017

I was little disappointed - it was way too long for my taste and perhaps because English is my second language I totally did not understand the deal Khama made with the British government. So I missed the entire point (sigh). I also found this movie to be overly too melodramatic. There were two surprises for this: for too much melodrama this was not an USA movie. And my home country was signed under the production as well. Which is unusual (but great).

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dontbugmeimreading
Nov 11, 2017

As a fan of The #1 Ladies Detective Agency books, I have heard a lot about Mr. Seretse Khama so this movie got my attention. The story and the acting were both great however, it left me wanting more. The movie seems to stop just as the story starts getting interesting. Diamonds are being found, their neighbouring country, South Africa, embraces apartheid and yet little Botswana manages to remain independent and prosperous under Seretse's leadership. That's the story I want to hear.

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maipenrai
Nov 05, 2017

Lovely film. Well acted. Great insight into the history of Botswana which stood in contrast to the apartheid of South Africa. Mr. Churchill does is not a hero of this story. Highly recommend!! Kristi & Abby Tabby

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graybear2
Oct 15, 2017

Inspiring! A historical fact-based movie that is very timely for today's world. We didn't know about this series of events in the late 1940s so the movie was educational as well as entertaining. A political drama and love story in one. Watch the extra for a glimpse of the main characters' son.

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