Queen of Katwe

A bright mind can shine anywhere.

Overall A

A talent for the game of chess gives an impoverished girl (Madina Nalwanga) from Uganda a chance to change her world. This movie is based on a true story of Phiona Mutesi.

Release date September 30, 2016

Violence B-
Sexual Content B-
Profanity A-
Substance Use A

Why is Queen of Katwe rated PG? The MPAA rated Queen of Katwe PG for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material

Run Time: 124 minutes

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Queen of Katwe
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Why is Queen of Katwe rated PG? Queen of Katwe is rated PG by the MPAA for thematic elements, an accident scene and some suggestive material

Violence: A character is accidentally hit by a passing vehicle; the resulting bloody injuries require surgery (which is briefly depicted) even though no anesthetic is available. A flood destroys property and places a child in peril when water pours through a makeshift home. A family is locked out of their home after failing to pay their rent, and forced to live on the streets. A mother and children have some verbal disagreements. Some bullying occurs between children. Prejudice between different classes of society is portrayed.

Sexual Content: The script includes discussions about women offering favors in exchange for men providing money. A young woman leaves home with a man who promises her gifts – she later returns alone and discloses she is pregnant. A baby is born out of wedlock. A girl is seen in slightly revealing clothing, and comments are made about her selling herself.

Language: Name-calling occurs.

Drug and Alcohol Use: None noted.

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Queen of Katwe
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG
Alberta G
Manitoba G
Ontario PG Mature Theme.
Quebec G
Martimes G
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Cast and Crew

Queen of Katwe is directed by Mira Nair and stars Lupita Nyong'o, David Oyelowo, Madina Nalwanga.

Learn about the real Phiona Mutesi.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Queen of Katwe movie is January 31, 2017. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Queen of Katwe
Release Date: 31 January 2017
Queen of Katwe releases to home video (Blu-ray and Digital HD, or DVD) with the following extras:

Queen of Katwe (Blu-ray and Digital HD)
- Queen of Katwe: Their Story – Discover the stories behind the people who came together to bring the film to life, and how they reflect the vibrant community, culture and spirit it celebrates.
- A Fork, A Spoon & A Knight – Director Mira Nair’s short film about Robert Katende, a boy who grows up to transform a Ugandan city into a globally renowned chess sanctuary.
- In The Studio With Alicia Keys – Go behind-the-scenes with Alicia Keys for an inspiring look at the song’s recording.
- Alicia Keys “Back To Life” Lyric Video – Sing along with on-screen lyrics.
- Young Cardamom & HAB “#1 Spice” Music Video – The Ugandan hip-hop duo bring the flavor in a music video directed by Mira Nair.
- Audio Commentary – With Director Mira Nair.
- Deleted Scenes (8) – With Introductions by Director Mira Nair.
·         Graduation – Robert is alone at his graduation.
·         Job Application - Robert checks in on the status of his job application.
·         Dancing and Rent - Phiona joins in dancing with local girls before the landlady pulls her away.
·         Entering the Hospital - Harriet tries to look presentable as they rush Brian to the hospital.
·         Escape from the Hospital – The family sneaks out of the hospital.
·         They Can’t Go to Budo – Robert second-guesses taking the kids to the competition at King’s College Budo.
·         Flood (Extended Scene) – A nearly 7-minute scene before, during and after the house is flooded.
·         Phiona’s Chess Club - Phiona comes full circle as she teaches a little boy the same lessons Robert taught her in chess club.
Queen of Katwe (DVD)
- Audio Commentary
- Alicia Keys “Back to Life” Lyric Video
- Young Cardamom & HAB “#1 Spice” Music Video

Related home video titles:

Another youngster shows an unusual talent for chess in Searching For Bobby Fischer. A disadvantaged youth practices to become a champion speller in Akeelah and the Bee.

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