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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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Totally imperfect, but packing one of the best character performances ever See more (1189 total) »

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)
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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!" - 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:
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Azamat Bagatov is actually speaking Armenian. Ken Davitian is of Armenian descent.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the dinner scenes at the Magnolia Manor, Borat excuses himself to use the restroom, only to return to the table with a bag of excrement in hand, and immediately after, one of the ladies is in the restroom with Borat showing him how to properly use a toilet, which denotes that Borat has no knowledge of toilets or their proper use. However earlier in the film, Borat talks about that on weekend he travels to Astana to "watch the ladies make the toilet".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:
References Godzilla (1998/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mahalageasca (Remix)See more »

FAQ

Was Pamela Anderson acting or was she one of Borat's unsuspecting victims?
Who is Borat's son?
What language was Borat really speaking when supposedly speaking Kazakh?
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73 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
Totally imperfect, but packing one of the best character performances ever, 25 March 2007
Author: DonFishies from Canada

For months, I could not go anywhere, see or read anything without hearing something about Borat: Cultural Learnings of American for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It was being hailed as groundbreaking, and hilarious beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Everyone I knew wanted to see it, and I just stood back and could not understand what the big fuss was about. Yeah, it looked fairly amusing, but nothing more than that. Sacha Baron Cohen's Da Ali G Show never impressed me when I watched random episodes, so I was not in belief that this film would.

But with all of the hype, it made me want to see it opening weekend. Unfortunately, I never managed to. I caught it a few weeks later without the benefit of a huge audience watching it with me. And for the most part, I think my original assumption was correct.

Basically for the two people who have zero clue what the movie is about (despite it now being on DVD), Borat Sagdiyev (Cohen) is a Kazak journalist sent to the United States to observe the American way of life. He brings his TV crew with him every step of the way, and begins to explore the country. But because of his origin, he is outrageously obnoxious in his behaviour. But for some reason, it only becomes more tolerated as he continues on, allowing for many surprising responses from the people he comes across.

The satirical idea for the film is simply brilliant. The character of Borat is racist, misogynist, raunchy, and just downright vile in the way he acts. And the Americans he talks to either do not realize what is going on, or actually agree with him. The tour he takes across the United States involves a plethora of random, everyday citizens being duped in this fashion. The fact that the film was marketed so well in the US, and then further made millions, attests to the idea that this may just be the greatest practical joke every played.

But unfortunately, it is a one-note joke. The film loses steam after thirty minutes, and can barely pick up afterwards. It strikes a pretty solid barrier, and just cannot recover no matter how hard it tries. Yes, the proceeding minutes had their share of laughs and shocks, but nowhere near as much as the first little bit. It just sets itself up far too well, and fails to live up to its original design. Its nifty idea and execution really should have told people from the start that it would not work for a ninety minute long film, but I guess they had more faith in the picture than I did.

Another upsetting thing about the film was the grand amount of preplanning. It was continually being sold to the audience as being spur-of-the-moment, and very uncoordinated. But as the film progresses, you can tell that some moments are actually being filmed this way, and that some reek of being rehearsed. It takes away from the satire the film had built up for itself, and really brings down the genuine enjoyment for the film. I know it had barely anywhere to go from the start, but making it almost so that it was written unnaturally before hand, just takes away from the genuine impact that the film has. The fact that the writing was nominated at the Oscars also does an effective amount of damage to the final moments of the film, which otherwise would have been drop dead funny instead of just amusing.

The film-making techniques on the other hand, are just magical. You really get a sense of the gritty and grungy documentary look the filmmakers wanted from the minute the film starts, right up until its finale. The hand-held camera works beautifully in every sequence, and the very personal diary feel that the film gains during the second act works very well. Just trying to keep up with Cohen in certain scenes seemed to have been a test of endurance on its own. The film is very low budget, and it shows in how unique the film looks. If it had not been so heavily publicized, I think I actually would have had trouble deferring whether or not it was an actual documentary if I saw it while flipping through TV channels.

There are no proper words to describe Cohen and his schtick. It really is a sight to marvel all on its own. His dedication and perfection in this role is nearly unheralded in my mind. He goes beyond transcending himself into the character. Every moral fibre of this character is ingrained in Cohen's performance. You do not see Cohen, and you do not see an actor. You see a rude and ignorant Kazak journalist. He never lets up for a second, and is always acting in character. This fictional character is brought to life with so much energy, that he actually forms into a real life person. The line between reality and fiction is just so thin here, that it really begs the question of how far an actor will go for his character. And he is absolutely hysterical to watch.

Ken Davitian, who plays Borat's producer and sidekick Azamat, is also very good in his performance. He is almost always watching, and is so subtle. He never breaks a smile, and he is just so serious that he complements how perfect Cohen's character is. He is obviously not as strong an actor (and is barely understandable), but his valiant efforts do go rewarded.

Even with its flaws, Borat is an experience everyone should take. Some may find it funnier than others, and some may not find it funny at all. There is a bit of a middle ground, but not much. And in the process of watching, everyone will be able to marvel at one of the greatest character performances ever committed to celluloid.

7.5/10.

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