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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan -- Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Sacha Baron Cohen (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
3 November 2006 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Come to Kazakhstan, It's Nice!
Plot:
Kazakh TV talking head Borat is dispatched to the United States to report on the greatest country in the world. With a documentary crew in tow, Borat becomes more interested in locating and marrying Pamela Anderson. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 20 wins & 16 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sacha Baron Cohen ... Borat

Ken Davitian ... Azamat

Luenell ... Luenell
Chester ... Bear
Charlie ... Bear
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pamela Anderson ... Herself - Autograph Signing (uncredited)
Bob Barr ... Himself - Former Georgia Congressman (uncredited)
David Corcoran ... Himself - Fraternity Member (uncredited)
Carole De Saram ... Herself - Feminist (uncredited)
Mitchell Falk ... Prime Minister of Kazakhstan (uncredited)
Alan Keyes ... Himself - 2-Time Republican Presidential Candidate (uncredited)

Andre Myers ... Pride Dancer (uncredited)

Jean-Pierre Parent ... Kazakh Swimmer (uncredited)
Chip Pickering ... Himself - U.S. Congressman (uncredited)
James Smith ... Himself - Chief Justice of State Supreme Court (uncredited)
Grace Welch ... Herself - Feminist (uncredited)

Directed by
Larry Charles 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Sacha Baron Cohen (screenplay) &
Anthony Hines (screenplay) &
Peter Baynham (screenplay) &
Dan Mazer (screenplay)

Sacha Baron Cohen (story) &
Peter Baynham (story) &
Anthony Hines (story) &
Todd Phillips (story)

Sacha Baron Cohen (based on a character created by)

Produced by
Sacha Baron Cohen .... producer
Peter Baynham .... co-producer
Monica Levinson .... executive producer
Dan Mazer .... executive producer
Jay Roach .... producer
 
Original Music by
Erran Baron Cohen 
 
Cinematography by
Luke Geissbuhler (director of photography) (as Luke Geissbühler)
Anthony Hardwick (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Craig Alpert 
Peter Teschner 
James Thomas 
 
Casting by
Allison Jones 
 
Costume Design by
Jason Alper (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Thomas Kolarek .... hair stylist
Thomas Kolarek .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jamie D. Boscardin .... additional production supervisor (as Jamie Boscardin Martin)
Shirley Davis .... production supervisor: additional photography
Susan Ehrhart .... production supervisor: additional photography
Patrick Esposito .... post-production supervisor
Brad Goodman .... post-production supervisor (as Bradley M. Goodman)
David Siegel .... unit production manager (as David A. Siegel)
Dale Stern .... unit production manager
David M. Bernstein .... unit production manager: pre-production (uncredited)
Ines Matei .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Isabeau .... second assistant director
David Siegel .... first assistant director (as David A. Siegel)
Dale Stern .... first assistant director
David M. Bernstein .... first assistant director: pre-production (uncredited)
Cristina Iliescu .... first assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jason Alper .... designer: items from Kazakhstan
Scott M. Davids .... anthem designer (as Scott Davids)
Scott Goldman .... anthem designer
Kevin Hughes .... props consultant
David Maturana .... art director: Romania (as David Saenz De Maturana)
David Maturana .... art director: additional photography (as David Saenz De Maturana)
Alexandria Andross .... buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mary Andrews .... dialogue editor
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound effects editor (as Kerry Carmean-Williams)
Matt Colleran .... sound re-recording recordist (as Matt Colloran)
Patrick Cusack .... assistant sound editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Jeff Glueck .... assistant sound editor
Scott Harber .... production sound mixer
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Jake Jackson .... sound stage engineer
Alan Kerr .... foley artist
Ryan Maguire .... foley mixer
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Nancy Nugent .... supervising adr editor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Nancy Nugent .... supervising dialogue editor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Michael Payne .... sound effects editor
Brandon Proctor .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Christopher Sidor .... sound re-recording recordist (as Chris Sidor)
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
Jeremy Brill .... boom operator (uncredited)
Kerry Ann Carmean .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Jon Klein .... boom operator (uncredited)
Chad Robertson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Scott M. Davids .... visual effects supervisor
Julia Croon .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Jalal Jemison .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Michael Li .... action team
Peewee Piemonte .... safety
Nicole Randall .... action team
Harry Wowchuk .... action team
Attila Nemes .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Shaun Vickers .... stunt safety (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Schwartzbard .... first assistant camera
Michael Alba .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Johns .... video utility (uncredited)
Sherman Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bret Lanius .... camera operator (uncredited)
Owen A. Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mark Walpole .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Wendy Hoffman .... voice casting (as Wendy Hoffmann)
Tracy Dixon .... extras casting (uncredited)
Adam St. Clair .... location casting (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Frederick W. Chandler Jr. .... post-production assistant
Scott M. Davids .... first assistant editor
Andrew Dickler .... additional editor
Jeff Mee .... assistant editor
Colin Patton .... apprentice editor
Todd Schulman .... editorial assistant: Mr Baron Cohen
Sarah Thiessen .... assistant editor (as Sarah K. Thiessen)
Kathy Thomson .... digital intermediate color timer
Marisa Clayton .... digital intermediate producer: Modern VideoFilm (uncredited)
Chad Cole .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Harry Muller .... color timer (uncredited)
Robb Porter .... post-production coordinator: Modern VideoFilm (uncredited)
Adam Rosenblatt .... editor: main title (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
Jonathan Allen .... score recordist
Jonathan Allen .... scoring mixer
Shira Arad .... music researcher
Thomas Bowes .... orchestra leader
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Richard Henderson .... music editor
Richard Henderson .... music supervisor
Desislava Stefanova .... vocalist (as Dessislava Stefanova)
Igor Outkine .... musician: accordion (uncredited)
Sharon Smith .... additional music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jeff Lira .... driver
Monty Lira .... driver
Jonathan A. Rosenfeld .... transportation coordinator
Jeff Verdick .... driver
Dale Combs .... driver: maxi-van (uncredited)
Jim Petti .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jason Alper .... Mr. Baron Cohen's feces provided by
Kieran Baker .... researcher (as Kieran R.M. Baker)
Chelsea Barnard .... field coordinator
Christine Bergren .... production counsel
Jack Blessing .... loop group
Ranjani Brow .... loop group
Unjoo Lee Byars .... anthem sequence: mOcean
Sophie Charles .... researcher
Julie Chouinard .... field coordinator
Conor Copeland .... assistant: Mr Baron Cohen, New York
David Cowgill .... loop group
Caitlin Cutt .... loop group
Alex Daniels .... coordinator: naked fight
Scott M. Davids .... anthem designer: mOcean (as Scott Davids)
Scott M. Davids .... graphic supervisor (as Scott Davids)
Lisa Davidson .... production coordinator: additional photography
Dana Dubé .... head trainer
Laurie Epstein .... assistant: Mr. Charles
David Louis Feinberg .... field coordinator: additional photography (as David Feinberg)
Ruben Fleischer .... behind the scenes (as Ruben Fleisher)
Marissa Goodman .... loop group
Bridget Hoffman .... loop group
Wendy Hoffman .... loop group (as Wendy Hoffmann)
Russ Honican .... anthem sequence: mOcean
Jenny Hunter .... field supervisor
Mark Ivanir .... loop group
Susannah Julien .... production coordinator
Sherry Kecskes .... assistant accountant
Ashley Kravitz .... research consultant
Ruth LaBarge .... trainer
Alexandra Lambrinidis .... key set production assistant
Matthew Ryan Lepore .... production secretary
Alexa Song Lindenthaler .... first assistant accountant: additional photography (as Alexa Song-Lindenthaler)
Jacqueline Lofstrom .... field coordinator: additional photography
Anna Mathias .... loop group
Blair Miller .... production assistant
Andrew Newman .... consultant
Tanya Oskanian .... assistant: Larry Charles
Phil Proctor .... loop group (as Philip Proctor)
Leslie E.A. Rider .... assistant production coordinator
Adam Rosenblatt .... anthem sequence: mOcean
Clint Rowe .... trainer
Tim Schildberger .... field supervisor
Todd Schulman .... field supervisor
Kevin Schwimer .... loop group
Julie Shapiro .... travel: Travelcorps
Andrew Simpson .... trainer
Russell Smith .... production counsel: Smith Dornan & Dehn PC
Charline St. Charles .... assistant production coordinator: additional photography
Shane Sweet .... loop group
Bernadette Tanchauco .... production accountant (as Berni Tanchauco)
John Hans Tester .... loop group (as Hans Tester)
Erik Tily .... field coordinator
Jim Vickers .... consultant: kidnapping (as James P. Vickers)
J. Christian Walsh .... assistant: Mr Baron Cohen
Jeff Wickline .... first assistant accountant: additional photography
Ines Wurth .... loop group
Bruce Allen .... credit sequence artist (uncredited)
Wayne Arnold .... additional first assistant (uncredited)
Fred Baron .... production executive (uncredited)
Joe Borden .... research assistant (uncredited)
Scott Clackum .... location scout: South Carolina (uncredited)
Sarah Connolly .... production secretary (uncredited)
Graeme Dunlap .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christopher Godfrey .... assistant: Jay Roach (uncredited)
Arturo Guzman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Charles Heaphy .... production financing (uncredited)
Bryan Iler .... key location manager (uncredited)
Jason Kessler .... assistant to writer (uncredited)
Joanna Lara .... production secretary: wrap (uncredited)
Eric Leiderman .... field coordinator (uncredited)
Ari Novak .... production consultant (uncredited)
Adam Paroo .... location scout: South Carolina (uncredited)
Belit Paulissian .... researcher (uncredited)
Mike Psenicska .... driving instructor (uncredited)
Noelle Kim Retes .... assistant: Jim Vickers (uncredited)
Rodrigo Rojas .... production assistant (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
Robert W. Sterrett III .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Omar Veytia .... location manager: mexico (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jason Alper .... acknowledgment: Borat's image created by
Alec Berg .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance
James L. Brooks .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance
Isla Fisher .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance
Tom Gammill .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance
David Mandel .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance (as Dave Mandell)
Trey Parker .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance
Jennifer Perini .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance
Max Pross .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance
Jeff Schaffer .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance
Matt Stone .... the producers wish to give special thanks for their assistance
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Borat" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title), International (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (working title)
"Borat!" - USA (poster title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language
Runtime:
84 min | Canada:82 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Country:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The character of "Borat" was heavily criticized by the Kazakh Government, "being a concoction of bad taste and ill manners which is incompatible with the ethics and civilized behavior of Kazakhstan's people". Sacha Baron Cohen aka "Borat" gave a faked press conference at the White House gates on 29 September 2006, just one day before an official visit of Kazakhstan's president. The Kazakh government hired two Western public relations firms to counter Borat's claims, running a four-page advertisement in The New York Times implicitly rebutting many of the claims made by Borat. Kazahkstan has since changed their strategy by playing along, going so far as inviting Borat to visit Kazahkstan.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Borat gets out of the RV where he'd been drinking with the frat boys, it is a different RV than the one he originally got into.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Borat:Jak sie masz? My name-a Borat. I like you. I like sex. Is nice!
["How are you?" in Polish]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 2007 MTV Movie Awards (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, II AndanteSee more »

FAQ

Who is Borat's son?
Is my DVD a bootleg copy?
How much of this film is scripted, how much is unscripted?
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424 out of 752 people found the following review useful.
Borat was a terrible film ...NOT!, 4 November 2006
Author: Flagrant-Baronessa from Sweden

Borat proves to be the Python of our generation.

I say this as a die-hard Monty Python fan – not because the humour is on the same level or follows the same guidelines (in fact, the common ground is here is that it follows no guidelines) – but because both comedy teams mask their sketches in a feature film, passing them off as a story when it becomes glaringly clear that the latter is an elaborate pretext under which to have outrageous, absurdist and side-splittingly fun in a series of genius gags.

Yet for all of Borat's subsequent disorganisation and warped narrative, we are first served a gorgeously condensed introduction to our character in his village in Kazakhstan. This segment was possibly the biggest crowd-pleaser in my theatre and perhaps rightly so, for I would call it the film's goldmine in terms of sheer laugh-out-loud humour. Here we are introduced to Borat's sister ("She is number-four prostitute in whole of Kazakhstan."), whom he kisses on the mouth, his main interests (ping-pong, sunbathing and "watch ladies make toilet") as well as a wide variety of hilarious native Kazakhs. Undoubtedly the success of the introduction stems from a combination of novelty and a culture shock.

Once the sprawling surge of Kazakhstani culture subsides, Borat flies to New York City to make a movie-film about the glorious US and A. The booming Russian ethnic score melts into Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talking' At Me" and the film gets ambitious: it spoofs Jon Voight's incongruous cowboy character walking down Manhattan in Midnight Cowboy (1969). This I found a pleasant surprise, but the referential spoofs end here and the rest is all Sascha Baron Cohen – and we couldn't be happier.

The second half of Borat is arguably less compelling. It is hard to tell why, for the humour remains consistently good and there is an almost exponential stupidity with our Borat character as the sets out to go to California to marry Pamela Anderson. I would not go as far as to say the novelty "wears off", but we are a little more settled now and Borat has found his safe footing. Next, however, the film totally floors whatever safeness you may have with one of the most unspeakably graphic hotel room scenes I have ever seen. I won't give anything away, but rest assured that some viewers (*males*) will watch in horrified silence while others will literally cramp up from laughing so violently. I belong more to the latter category.

As Borat travels through America, there is a wealth of juxtapositions to be found when he interacts with the people – members of the white house, television broadcasters, etiquette teachers, Christian fundamentalists and Jews – all offers layered hilarity and a consistent cloud of laughter kept hovering in the air. Sadly, it was not always directed toward Borat (but most of the time) but toward some truly idiotic hick Americans. When I was informed the film used many candid takes, I can only hope the unreasonably creepy Jesus convention was *not* one of them.

In conclusion, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)" is a towering comedy achievement. It is apparent that Sascha Baron Cohen has done something truly cool here and has created an anti-semitic, misogynist and bigoted character that aptly embodies all racy taboos. As an actor he is unmistakably brave and uninhibited, which makes it easy for the film to lose itself in a tornado of gags, spoofs, bizarre one-liners and graphic jokes. The most fun I've had in a theatre since...forever!!!

9 out of 10

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