MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,578 this week

Born American (1986)

4.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.5/10 from 1,225 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 4 critic

Three American students vacationing in Finland, cross the border into Russia for fun of it. When they are spotted by the Russian soldiers who are shooting to kill, it's not fun anymore. ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5411 titles
created 20 Oct 2011
 
a list of 2855 titles
created 14 Dec 2011
 
a list of 890 titles
created 24 Jun 2012
 
a list of 123 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 
a list of 2623 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Born American (1986)

Born American (1986) on IMDb 4.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Born American.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

12 Rounds (2009)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Detective Danny Fisher discovers his girlfriend has been kidnapped by a ex-con tied to Fisher's past, and he'll have to successfully complete 12 challenges in order to secure her safe release.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: John Cena, Ashley Scott, Aidan Gillen
5 Days of War (2011)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A drama set centered around the war between Russia and Georgia, and focused on an American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native who become caught in the crossfire.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Richard Coyle
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

John McClane, officer of the NYPD and hero of the Nakatomi Hostage Crisis, attempts to avert disaster as rogue military officials seize control of Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Bruce Willis, William Atherton, Bonnie Bedelia
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A woman suffering from amnesia begins to recover her memories after trouble from her past finds her again.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Yvonne Zima
Deep Blue Sea (1999)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Searching for a cure to Alzheimer's disease a group of scientists on an isolated research facility become the bait as a trio of intelligent sharks fight back.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A female pirate and her companion race against their rivals to find a hidden island that contains a fabulous treasure.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella
Driven (2001)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A young hot shot driver is in the middle of a championship season and is coming apart at the seams. A former CART champion is called in to give him guidance.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Kip Pardue, Til Schweiger
Mindhunters (2004)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Trainees in the FBI's psychological profiling program must put their training into practice when they discover a killer in their midst.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Christian Slater
Cliffhanger (1993)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker
Cleaner (2007)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A former cop who now earns a wage as a crime scene cleaner unknowingly participates in a cover-up at his latest job.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Ford "Mr. Rock n' Roll Detective" Fairlane is experiencing problems, and it's not with the opposite sex. One of them is that all the rock stars pay him with drum sticks, koala bears, food ... See full summary »

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Andrew Dice Clay, Lauren Holly, Wayne Newton
Prison (1988)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The spirit of a long-dead prisoner returns for revenge, haunting the prison's new governor.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Lane Smith, Viggo Mortensen, Chelsea Field
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Savoy
Steve Durham ...
Mitch
David Coburn ...
K.C.
Thalmus Rasulala ...
The Admiral
...
United States emissary
Piita Vuosalmi ...
Nadja
Vesa Vierikko ...
Kapsky
Ismo Kallio ...
Zarkov
Laura Munsterhjelm ...
Irina (as Laura Heimo)
Antti Horko ...
Cossack
Pauli Virtanen ...
Sergei
Jone Takamäki ...
Interrogator (as Jouni Takamäki)
Inkeri Luoma-aho ...
Female Guard
Markku Blomqvist ...
Irina's Father
Sari Havas ...
Girl at Party
Edit

Storyline

Three American students vacationing in Finland, cross the border into Russia for fun of it. When they are spotted by the Russian soldiers who are shooting to kill, it's not fun anymore. Captured and thrown in jail, they find it's not fun either. It's a nightmare. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

border | russia | american | finland | soldier | See more »

Taglines:

Freedom is just a word...until you lose it.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

30 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Born American  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,401,376 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,388,020 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Most expensive film ever made in Finland in that time. See more »

Quotes

Interrogator: [while torturing Mitch] We really do have all the time in the world.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in A-studio: A-Raportti: Nykyaikaa etsimässä (1985) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A good film
18 February 2007 | by (Estonia) – See all my reviews

I am a 60-year old Russian born in Estonia (a Baltic country annexed and occupied by Russia 1940-1991). I have travelled a lot by hitch-hike around the USSR and seen what the life was like there. I know the grim Russian reality first-hand.

That is why I disagree with a comment saying that Born American "is a bad, bad film and it's made worse by the fact that it portrays every level of Russian society in a very unflattering manner".

In fact, the film is realistic -- therefore its portrait of the Russian society is unflattering. The Finnish producer seems to know much more about the real life in Russia than many in the West. Later the film turns into an 'action'. But the general picture of the Soviet-time Russia is true.

Until the Soviet bloc collapsed this film could not be demonstrated here: it was banned. Moreover, Moscow made a protest to the Finnish government, even demanding that the film be banned from cinemas in Finland! Can there be a better proof that the film demonstrates the Soviet/Russian reality in a honest way?

Indeed, for a person in the West it may be hard to believe that such reality can exist. But may I tell you that an elderly Estonian exile once told of having cried watching a film about Russian slave labour camps, while other western audience laughed. People just couldn't believe it was possible -- but she knew, and she cried.

Valeri Kalabugin Tallinn, Estonia


26 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Dvd release of Born American briangray30
Discuss Born American (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?