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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006) Poster

Trivia

The police were called on Sacha Baron Cohen ninety-two times during the production of this film.
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When Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) speaks Kazakh it is mostly Hebrew disguised by a heavy fake Eastern European accent. The Hebrew is quite understandable and contains many in-jokes. Baron Cohen admitted this in a rare "out of character" radio interview on National Public Radio in the USA.
The suit Sacha Baron Cohen wears when playing Borat Sagdiyev has deliberately never been cleaned.
Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Steve Martin, all of whom are huge fans of Sacha Baron Cohen, contacted him about having a cameo in the movie. But Baron Cohen refused because it would have ruined some of the gags if they knew what was going on.
Borat is based on a Russian doctor Sacha Baron Cohen once met. He said the doctor was completely hilarious, but it was unintentional.
The name of Borat's neighbor, Nursultan Tuyakbay, is a cross between the names of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and opposition politician Zharmakhan Tuyakbay.
Seth Rogen and Patton Oswalt made uncredited writing contributions.
Rupert Murdoch announced in early February 2007 that Sacha Baron Cohen had signed on to do another Borat film with FOX. This was contradicted, however, by an interview with Cohen himself stating that Borat was to be discontinued, as he was now too well known to avoid detection as he did in the film and on Da Ali G Show (2003). A spokesman for FOX later stated that it was too early to begin planning such a film, although they still remain open to the idea. Cohen subsequently announced that he was "killing off" the characters of Borat and Ali G because they were now so famous he could no longer trick people.
At a shooting event in Kuwait where Kazakh shooter Maria Dmitrienko won the gold medal, the Asian Olympic Committee accidentally played Borat's parody of the Kazakhstan national anthem in the medal ceremony instead of the actual one. Kazakh officials heavily protested and a re-run of the medal ceremony took place. To prevent the same embarrassment from happening at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Kazakhstan government specially guided the London Games Organizing committee on the right national anthem. Since most of the athletes in the Kazakh team are Russians and do not speak Kazakh,they were specially trained in the national anthem to prevent a re-run of the goof-up.
This film broke Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)'s record for the biggest box office opening weekend ever for any film that opened in fewer than a thousand theaters.
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.
Original director Todd Phillips left the production after shooting the rodeo/"Star Spangled Banner" scene, citing "creative differences".
The Region 1 and 2 DVDs are made to look like pirated versions of the film. They come on "Demorez" brand discs with the slogan: "Is life? No. Demorez.". The "Demorez" fake brand and slogan are meant to be spoofs of the real-life "Memorex" blank recordable DVDs, whose slogan was "Is it live? No, it's Memorex."
Azamat Bagatov (Ken Davitian) is actually speaking Armenian. Ken Davitian is of Armenian descent.
The subtitles in Borat are Cyrillic subtitles. Most of these subtitles are real Cyrillic, but they contain many errors, mostly the incorrect use of Cyrillic letters. Some subtitles make no sense, for example the gay pride parade subtitle reads "Meal Society of the 'Magnolia' manor". Some subtitles are nothing more than a random stream of Cyrillic letters, for example the title of the Kazakh TV channel at the beginning of the movie, and the supposedly Kazakh title of the movie later. The geographical names on the maps are almost all gibberish, except for the names in the largest print, such as "America" or "London". Ironically, the Cyrillic text used for the names that appear during the end credits is quite correct.
Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen)'s greeting "Jak sie masz!" is a common Polish greeting, roughly translated to "How are you?" Other phrases in Polish used by Borat are "dzien dobry" (good afternoon) and "dziekuje" (thank you).
The nude photos that Borat shows the etiquette coach of his teenage son are actually photos of gay porn star Stonie. The producers chose him because they wanted someone who "easily looked 13-14 years old", but was actually of legal age and willing to do frontal nudity.
The European Center for Antiziganism Research, which works against negative attitudes against Roma and Sinti people, accused the producers of defamation and inciting violence against the ethnic group. Thus, it filed a complaint with prosecutors in Germany (October 2006).
Most of the footage from the Kazakh national anthem segment at the end of the film is made up of 1980's era Estonian TV commercials. It also features a number of political figures, the current president of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev among them.
The turboprop aircraft in which Borat is depicted as flying, is apparently wearing livery that includes Cyrillic-looking letters. The airplane is a Lockheed L-188 Electra, wearing Eastern Airlines livery of the late 1950's to early 1960's, and the image is reversed. Airlines then considered it important to trumpet using any turbine-powered engines as "jets". Thus the letters on the fuselage read, "FLY-EASTERN AIRLINES PROP-JET ELECTRA".
The A in "BORAT" on the DVD cover is actually the letter D in the Cyrillic alphabet. Also on the inside DVD cover, the R in "BORAT" is backwards, which is actually the character "Ya" in Cyrillic.
Actress Isla Fisher received a 'special thanks' credit. Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen are married.
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An article by Bojan Pancevski and Carmiola Ionescu, published in the UK's Mail on Sunday on 11th November 2006, reported that the town of Glod in Romania, that plays Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen)'s home-town in Kazakhstan, had ". . . 1,000 residents live in dilapidated huts in the shadow of the Carpathian mountains. Toilets are little more than sheltered holes in the ground and horses and donkeys are the only source of transport. Just four villagers have permanent employment in the nearby towns of Pucioasa or Fieni, while the rest live off what little welfare benefits they get."
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The unusual route that Borat takes to fly from Kazakhstan to America makes the following stops: Moscow, Northern Turkey, Central Algeria, Kiev (Ukraine), Southwestern Russia (possibly Rostov or Sochi--the latter soon to host the 2014 Winter Olympics), Helsinki (Finland), Southern Greenland, and finally to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
The warning on the DVD states: "Selling producing of this moviedisc will result in punishment by crushing".
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The village in Kazakhstan is called "Glod" and is located in the Dambovita region of Romania. "Glod" literally translates from the Romanian language into the English language as "Mud". Reportedly, villagers of the Romanian town said they were paid just UK £3 each.
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During the film, Sacha Baron Cohen spoke his Kazakhstan lines in Hebrew while Ken Davitian spoke his in Armenian.
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The Kazakh village scenes set in Kazakhstan were actually filmed in Moroieni, Romania.
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Oxana the Bear was portrayed by two animals, Charlie and Chester, who had both previously acted a couple of years earlier in the tele-movie A Bear Named Winnie (2004), and about exactly a decade after "Borat", both appeared in the feature film The Unseen (2016).
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Celebrities and famous people who are spoofed and/or parodied and/or referenced in this comedy include George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Huey Lewis, Adolf Hitler, Oliver Hardy, Michael Jackson, Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Barbara Bush (deleted scene).
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One of numerous collaborations of actor-comedian-writer-star Sacha Baron Cohen and his brother composer-arranger-music adapter Erran Baron Cohen. Sacha Baron Cohen is the younger brother whilst Erran Baron Cohen is the older brother. The two real life Cohen Brothers' cinema movie collaborations include The Brothers Grimsby (2016), Brüno (2009), The Dictator (2012), and Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006). Their television collaborations include episodes of Da Ali G Show (2000) and Da Ali G Show (2003). Elsewhere in the film industry, there are two other very famous brothers with the same sounding last name. They are "The Coen Brothers" - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, and they once made a comedy movie called O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).
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For the film's US television premiere on USA Network in June 2009, the film is presented largely uncut - including the infamous nude wrestling and chase between Borat and Azamat, which is censored with black bars - but several of the harshest profanities and sexual terms are silenced and a label reading "CENZURAT" appears over mouths (and, where necessary, subtitles) in order to try and further hide which terms are being used.
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Larry Charles replaced Todd Phillips as the film's director after the latter had creative differences with the production.
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The make and model of the van that Borat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) and Azamat Bagatov (Ken Davitian) travel across the USA in was a blue and mostly white Am General FJ-8A or an AM General FJ-8C.
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The original scheduled release date in the US and A of Sacha Baron Cohen's later movie The Brothers Grimsby (2016) was 31st July 2016. This was the date that the 128th IOC (International Olympic Committee) Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia decided on who would host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games where Almaty, Kazakhstan lost to Beijing, China by four votes with China winning 44 votes to Kazakhstan 40 votes.
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In Meet the Spartans (2008), King Leonidas pulls down a blanket on his wife's back, revealing tattoos of names of former lovers. Included are Borat, and porn star Tommy Lee, referenced on the Borat DVD.
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The film's subtitle is "Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan".
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The name of the grizzly bear was "Oxana".
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Cameo 

Bob Barr: Uncredited, the former Georgia Congressman as himself.
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Pamela Anderson: Uncredited, as herself.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger: Uncredited, in a clip from his movie _jingle all the way_
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Azamat Bagatov (Ken Davitian) opens the refrigerator door at his apartment in Hollywood one can see the head of Oxana the bear in the fridge.
The closing credits declare that the Kazakh Board of Film Censors state that "this film is unsuitable for children under the age of 3".
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