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Savoy
Steve Durham ...
Mitch
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K.C.
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The Admiral
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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
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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>

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

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Pasaporte al infierno  »

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$3,401,376 (estimated)

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$3,388,020 (USA)
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Interrogator: [while torturing Mitch] We really do have all the time in the world.
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Referenced in A-studio: A-Raportti: Nykyaikaa etsimässä (1985) See more »

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Its not a great movie but its worth seeing.
9 February 2012 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

BORN American marked the feature directorial debut of Renny Harlin who in fact went on to direct well known films like PRISON, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4, DIE HARD 2, CLIFFHANGER and DEEP BLUE SEA, just to name a few.

This film however is actually pretty good, its not a masterpiece but definitely worth seeing, many people have said this film is far fetched it actually isn't, it is pretty accurate in its portrayal of the events it depicts and of the soviets which it does in a really unflattering way, the story itself is fictional.

The acting is actually very good, the best performances are given by Mike Norris and David Coburn, who pretty much carry the film.

Overall, Even though its not a masterpiece it is worth seeing, the acting is great and the direction is handle very well by then first time director Renny Harlin.


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