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

R | | Comedy | 3 November 2006 (USA)
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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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2,409 ( 408)
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:

Official site

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

Gross USA:

$128,505,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,572,744
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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

Azamat Bagatov is actually speaking Armenian. Ken Davitian is of Armenian descent. See more »

Goofs

When Borat is coming down the escalator at the airport, the graphic says John F. Kennedy International Airport, but he's actually at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, SC. The sign at the top of the escalator, the windows on the top level, the palmetto tree carpet, the Ft. Jackson sign behind the escalator to the left, and the Hertz Rent-A-Car booth on the left are all big signs. 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

"KAZAKH BOARD OF FILM CENSORS: This film is unsuitable for children under the age of 3" See more »

Alternate Versions

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. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Casey Affleck/Chance the Rapper (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Istoria Na Edna Lyubov (Lover Song)
(1994)
Written by Ivo Papasov
Performed by Ivo Papasov & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Hannibal Records, a Rykodisc label
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Excellent synthesis of controversial character is nevertheless starting to show wear and tear
22 February 2007 | by oneloveallSee all my reviews

Although worthy of nearly all the praise it has received, I must still confess that a torrential downpour of critical and public applause garnered with Borat's feature film debut left me asking where all the actual belly laughs were. Granted, being a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen's earlier HBO show does not help, as so much of the material Cohen uses, while admirably delivered and always uncomfortably topical, often recycles itself, usually to a point that fans of the comedic giant's past work would immediately recognize many of the lines uttered throughout this depraved travelogue.

What separates the film incarnation from so many well delivered Ali G episodes does however justify a distinct appreciation. The well executed method finds loosely scripted, fictionalized plot setup running side-by-side with real world outings in which our Kazakh hero traverses the American landscape, brutally and unabashedly holding up reflections of ignorance for a general viewing public to revel in. These shocking, tension filled improvisational spats Borat engages in with all facets of the American public make for the most substantial segments, although in all honesty I was hoping for more subtle awkwardness then brash vulgarity. For too much of the films brief length, Cohen tries to shock viewers into contributing to the whirlwind of controversy the movie became, and by and large the excessive graphic nudity detracted from the flights of brilliance; what could have became one of modern film's most offbeat and unusual fight scenes became a cheap and blatant attempt at gross out theatrics.

Though the pseudo-documentary may play the cheap cards a little too often considering Mr. Cohen's immense comedic talent, the foolish emotional arc that drove this tiny plot added a needed angle to Borat's film incarnation, helping flesh out much of the one-dimensionality. Strict fans may be a little disappointed with constant references from previous jokes, but the rest of the nation should continue to echo the praise this movie has garnered for being one of the most daring, relevant comedies to challenge society in years.


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