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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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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

Gross USA:

$128,505,958

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$261,572,744
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Company Credits

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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

It ranks in the second place as being one of the longest film titles to ever receive an Oscar nomination, with 12 words to its count. The longest film title that got an Oscar nomination was Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971), which has 14 words. However, Borat gives the appearance of being the longest title since all of its words were fully translated in many others countries as opposed to the other film which received different and less wordy titles. See more »

Goofs

In the subway scene with the chicken in the suitcase, the train cars often switch between NYC transit trains and PATH Trains that run between NYC and parts of New Jersey. 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

Naked Fight Coordinator 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

Featured in The British Comedy Awards 2006 Live (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Hearst-Argyle News Music Theme
(2004) (uncredited)
Composed, Arranged and Produced by Jerome Gilmer
Courtesy of Hearst-Argyle Television
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"He insist we not fly in case the Jews repeated their attack of 9/11. " - Borat
23 February 2007 | by MichaelMargetisSee all my reviews

Many people have practically no idea who Sacha Baren Cohen is, besides his small role as the gay French Nascar driver in 'Talladega Nights'. This is because the show he had, Da Ali G Show, was a very unpopular show. Mainly because it was on HBO and late hours of the night. Unfortunately, many people never watched the show not because they didn't like it, but because they didn't know it existed. Da Ali G Show was an incredibly original variety/reality show featuring Cohen in three roles including Borat (whom is the main character of the movie). Cohen, posing as these different characters would interview politicians and such who were unaware the interview was a joke. The reactions Cohen would get out of people including one politician telling him to 'go f*ck himself', were priceless. Going into the one-month early sneak-preview of 'Borat', I was expecting a funny movie, but was skeptical on how funny the movie would be. Usually film adaptations of short five minute skits don't work so well, examples include 'Superstar', 'Night at the Roxbury', 'The Ladies Man' and 'Coneheads'. All are pretty much loser movies with a few funny scenes but not much more. However, when the ending credits started to roll and I walked out of the 'Borat' screening I was sore from laughing so hard. To be honest, I never laughed so hard during a movie in my entire life.

There is not much I can tell you about this without spoiling it for you. Basically the plot is a Kazakhstan news reporter taking a trip to the United States to win the love of Baywatch's Pamela Andersen, whom he thinks is a virgin. HA! All I will tell you is that Borat travels across the country from New York to L.A. doing such crazy stunts as taking a dump in front of the Trump Towers, publicly masturbating in front of a NYC Victoria's Secret store, singing an Anti-American Kazakhstan National Anthem at a rodeo in Nebraska, buying weapons to protect himself against 'the jews' (whom he believes were responsible for 9/11 Terror attacks) and trying to kiss just about every guy he sees, which brings about homophobia in many of the real people featured in the movie who don't know it's a movie. Some may call 'Borat' the funniest film ever made, and that's not and understatement.'Borat' is without a doubt one of the most original and ingenious comedy in the last three years, and maybe, just maybe, the funniest film ever made. Grade: A- (screened at Harkins Arrowhead 18, Glendale, AZ, 9/04/06)


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