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Pol Pot's Birthday (2004)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 15 January 2004 (USA)
The office staff of the most brutal dictator on earth attempts to throw their boss a surprise birthday party.


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Credited cast:
Peter Leung ...
The General
Ken Sih ...
The Clerk
The Transcriber (as Luoc Lee)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Livan ...
The Intern
Domnang Pin ...
The Cook
Murphy Tan ...
The Deputy
Lee Wong ...
The Security Director

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In 1985, Pol Pot is on a slow retreat; he's in Cambodia's Battembang Region. Four men hide in a darkened room. Pol Pot enters with his deputy, security chief, and a general. The four men in hiding, without conviction, say "Surprise." A banner says "Happy birthday." A cake and candles appear; the four sing "Happy Birthday" without spirit. The intern is given a piece of cake to taste for poison. Then, all are served a slice. A few presents appear: the deputy unwraps a neck support pillow, a book about management, and a decorative stand reading, "Don't ask me I just work here." The leader wants all to get back to work, but an aide brings one more gift: a puppy. A good gift? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short


Not Rated




Release Date:

15 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

День рождения Пол Пота  »

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Box Office


$9,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Weird Little Film
27 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this on Sundance channel and it is one of those films that left me not sure what I thought of it. Another reviewer "cried with laughter" which to me certainly seems to be a review of a different film. This one, despite a few ironic and blackly humorous lines, is tense and strained throughout. One is not quite sure where it is going.

The entire film is shot in one room, crowded with various actors. They all appeared to do a good job. Keone Young as Pol Pot seemed very much the pompous and imperial leader.

The end was, in my opinion, disappointing. Still, it was worth the 10 minutes of time invested.

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