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

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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.

Director:

Larry Charles

Writers:

Sacha Baron Cohen (screenplay), Anthony Hines (screenplay) | 7 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sacha Baron Cohen ... Borat
Ken Davitian ... Azamat
Luenell ... Luenell
Chester Chester ... Bear
Charlie Charlie ... Bear
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Storyline

Borat Sagdiyev is a TV reporter of a popular show in Kazakhstan as Kazakhstan's sixth most famous man and a leading journalist. He is sent from his home to America by his government to make a documentary about American society and culture. Borat takes a course in New York City to understand American humor. While watching Baywatch on TV, Borat discovers how beautiful their women are in the form of C. J. Parker, who was played by actress Pamela Anderson who hails from Malibu, California. He decides to go on a cross-country road trip to California in a quest to make her his wife and take her back to his country. On his journey Borat and his producer encounter a country full of strange and wonderful Americans, real people in real chaotic situations with hysterical consequences. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Come to Kazakhstan, It's Nice!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong crude and sexual content including graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Romanian | Hebrew | Polish | Armenian

Release Date:

3 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Borat See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,455,463, 5 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$128,505,958, 25 March 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,572,744, 1 February 2009
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

The DVD subtitles mistranscribe Borat's Polish dialect, suggesting that the subtitle-writers were transliterating it "by ear." "Jak sie masz!" becomes "Jagshemash!" and "Dziekuje" becomes "Chenqui". 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits, closing credits, and identifier subtitles in the story are in the Cyrillic alphabet. The subtitles are obliterated by superimposed English translations. In the end credits, the Cyrillic words are in the background, with the English translations in front. See more »

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Features Jingle All the Way (1996) See more »

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Hearst-Argyle News Music Theme
(2004) (uncredited)
Composed, Arranged and Produced by Jerome Gilmer
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A Funny American Adventure But Poor Kazakhstan!
12 December 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

'Borat' is both a comical and offensive movie that tackles the 'American' way of thinking with a touch of humour. The title character's take on pretty much every sensitive issue such as Judaism, homosexuality, feminism, prostitution, racism, fanaticism and ignorance. The film balances its portrayal of Americans quite well: There are the kind hearted who treat Borat with kindness (The Jewish Couple), there are those who threaten to use violence when he attempts to hug them (The New Yorkers), those who look down upon him (The Texans), those who in a split second turn against him (the rednecks)... But, Borat's interaction is conducted with a sense of comedy. The humour is crude, explicit, disgusting and even brutal at times but there are a number of sequences that had me laughing out loud such as Borat's experience with the 'gypsy', the feminist group, the well-meaning Jewish couple, the bear... The Borat-Luenell track is among the sweetest moments. I think what the film tries to remind us is that people should lighten up and not take everything too seriously. While I enjoyed most of the American adventure, I did not like how poor Kazakhstan was 'torn to shreds'. A make-belief country could have easily been done with instead of having to offend an already existing country. As stated earlier, some of the 'comic' tracks are a bit too far fetched till the point of being revolting like the hotel nude fight between Borat and Azmat. Thus, this brings the film down a notch in my view.


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