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Chief Zabu (2016)





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An audacious socio-political comedy revolving around a scheme to take over a newly independent South Pacific island nation while its president, Chief Henri Zabu, is in New York for a meeting at the UN; at the center of the plan is Ben Sydney, a needful and delusional New York real estate developer who dreams of having great wealth, respect, and political influence.

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Allen Garfield
as Ben Sydney
Zack Norman
as Sammy Brooks
Allan Arbus
as George Dankworth
Marianna Hill
as Jennifer Holding
Manu Tupou
as Chief Henri Zabu
Joseph Warren
as Arthur Keisel
Betty Karlen
as Linda Gato
Shirley Stoler
as Joan Ironwood
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne
as Seth the Butler
Charles Siegel
as Seth's Assistant
Harsh Nayyar
as Zabu's Chief Advisor
Tom Nardini
as Gatekeeper
Steve Mittleman
as Mr. Apartment Hunter
Wendy Kamenoff
as Mrs. Apartment Hunter
Amanda McDaniel
as Dankworth Secretary
Rachel Grella
as Dankworth Secretary
Jim Centlivre
as TV Auctioneer
Danielle Beckman
as Ellie Kisel
Harvey Orens
as Mr. Hallway Listener
Lisa Zimble
as Ms. Hallway Listener
Paul Krasker
as Room Service
Henry Lange
as French Radio Announcer
France Noveck
as French Reporter
Lilah Kan
as Mary Broome (Tiburakan)
Villiamu Lemalu
as Loyal Tiburakan
Charles Carl
as Educational Systems
Joe Lauer
as Entertainment
Lanny Lee
as Education Consultant
Greg Lewis
as State Department Man
Cary Hoffman
as Lenny Sugarman
Steve Sashen
as Johnny the Comic
Ellie Sarty
as The Girl Singer
Ed Elkin
as The Baritone
Gordon Silva
as The Agent
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Critic Reviews for Chief Zabu

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

"Chief Zabu" may have been buried for the past three decades, but this tiresomely talky would-be satire is no treasure.

October 27, 2016 | Full Review…

This resourceful low-budget picture could have gone deeper, but within its brief running time manages to send up materialism, groupthink, celebrity worship and political posturing.

October 27, 2016 | Full Review…

I'm glad this movie exists and is being revisited with an updated perspective. There is a common saying: "You can't make this stuff up!" With Chief Zabu, it looks like they did, and it came true.

October 7, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

It took until 2016 for a newly-edited cut of "Chief Zabu" to be publicly presented. If you ever have a chance to see it, don't pass it up. Here is a rare comic artifact worth savoring.

April 4, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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