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

aka Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

"Come to Kazakhstan, It's Nice!"

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Details: 82 mins · English, Hebrew, Armenian, Polish, Romanian · R (USA)

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Cast:

Small Borat Sagdiyev
Small Azamat Bagatov
Small Luenell
Small Herself

Crew:

Small Sacha Baron Cohen Screenplay
No_movie_poster Anthony Hines Screenplay
No_movie_poster Peter Baynham Screenplay
No_movie_poster Dan Mazer Screenplay
Small Jay Roach Producer
No_movie_poster Monica Levinson Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Erran Baron Cohen Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Luke Geissbuhler Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Anthony Hardwick Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Craig Alpert Editor
No_movie_poster Jason Alper Costume Design
No_movie_poster David Maturana Art Direction
No_movie_poster Richard Henderson Music Editor
No_movie_poster Jon Klein Boom Operator
Small Larry Charles Director
Small Sacha Baron Cohen Production
No_movie_poster Peter Baynham Other
Small Sacha Baron Cohen Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Peter Baynham Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Anthony Hines Story Contributor
Small Todd Phillips Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Peter Teschner Editing
No_movie_poster Craig Alpert Editing

Taglines:

"Come to Kazakhstan, It's Nice!"

Plot:

Kazakh television personality Borat Sagdiyev leaves Kazakhstan for the "Greatest Country in the World," the "US and A" to make a documentary at the behest of the Kazakh Ministry of Information. He leaves behind his wife Oksana and other inhabitants of his village including "the town rapist", "the town mechanic and abortionist", bringing along his producer Azamat Bagatov and a pet chicken.

In New York, Borat sees an episode of Baywatch on television and immediately falls in love with Pamela Anderson. While interviewing and mocking a panel of feminists, he learns her name and her residence in California. Borat is then informed by telegram that his wife has been killed by a bear. Delighted, he secretly resolves to make Anderson his new wife in California; Azamat is told they are going to California because "Pearl Harbor is there. So is Texas." Azamat is afraid of flying because of the September 11, 2001 attacks, which he believes were the work of Jews. Borat, therefore, takes driving lessons and buys a dilapidated ice-cream truck for the journey.

During the trip, Borat acquires a Baywatch booklet at a yard sale and continues gathering footage for his documentary. He meets gay pride parade participants, politicians Alan Keyes and Bob Barr, and African American youths. Borat is also interviewed on live television and disrupts the weather report. A running gag throughout the film in jest of Asian writing is that the maps of the United States and even the road signs and store signs contain back to front text. Visiting a rodeo, Borat excites the crowd with jingoistic American remarks, but then sings a fictional Kazakhstani national anthem to the tune of "The Star-Spangled Banner", receiving a strong negative reaction. Staying at a bed-and-breakfast, Borat and his producer are stunned to learn their hosts are Jewish. Fearful at the hands of their hosts, the two escape after throwing money toward cockroaches, believing they are their Jewish hosts transformed. While Azamat advises a return to New York, Borat attempts to buy a handgun to defend himself against Jews. When told he cannot buy a gun because he is not an American citizen, Borat purchases a bear for protection.

Borat seeks advice from an etiquette coach who suggests that Borat attend a private dinner at an eating club in the South, at which he (unintentionally) insults or otherwise offends the other guests, and gets kicked out after he lets Luenell, an African-American prostitute, into the house and shows her to the table. Borat befriends Luenell, and she invites him into a relationship with her, but he kindly tells her that he is in love with someone else. Borat then visits an antique shop with a display of Confederate heritage items, breaking glass and crockery.

The journey is interrupted when Borat, just out of the bathtub, exits the bathroom of his hotel room and sees Azamat masturbating over a picture of Pamela Anderson in the Baywatch book. Borat becomes enraged and reveals his real motive for traveling to California. Azamat becomes livid at Borat's deception, and the situation escalates into a fully nude brawl with homoerotic undertones, which spills out into the hallway, a crowded elevator, and ultimately into a packed convention ballroom. The two are finally separated by security guards.

As a result, Azamat abandons Borat, taking his passport, all of their money, and their bear, whose head is later seen inside Azamat's motel refrigerator. Borat begins to hitchhike to California, but is soon picked up by drunken fraternity brothers from the University of South Carolina. On learning the reason for his trip, they show him the Pam and Tommy sex video, revealing that she is not the virgin he thought she was. After leaving the three students, Borat becomes despondent, burning the Baywatch booklet and, by mistake, his return ticket to Kazakhstan. He regains his faith after attending a United Pentecostal camp meeting, at which Republican U.S. Representative Chip Pickering and Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith, Jr. are present. Borat learns to forgive Azamat and Pamela. He accompanies church members on a bus to Los Angeles and disembarks to find Azamat dressed as Oliver Hardy (though Borat thinks that he is dressed as Adolf Hitler). The two reconcile and Azamat tells Borat where to find Pamela Anderson.

Borat finally comes face-to-face with Anderson at a book signing at a Virgin Megastore. After showing Anderson his "traditional marriage sack," Borat pursues her throughout the store in an attempt to abduct her until he is tackled and handcuffed by security guards. Afterwards, Borat marries Luenell, and returns to Kazakhstan with her. The final scene shows the changes that Borat's observations in America have brought to his village, including the apparent conversion of the people to Christianity (the Kazakh version of which includes crucifixion of Jews) and the introduction of computer-based technology, such as iPods, laptop computers and a high-definition, LCD television.

The film plays out with a recapitulation of a mock 'Kazakhstan' national anthem glorifying the country's potassium resources and its prostitutes as being the "cleanest in the region". The visual melange of Soviet-era photos are mixed with the real flag of Kazakhstan and, incongruously, the final frames show the portrait of Ilham Aliyev, real life president of Azerbaijan, a country that had not been otherwise referenced in the movie.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2006-11-01 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2006-11-02 : Germany

Theatrical : 2006-11-02 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2006-11-02 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2006-11-02 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2006-11-02 : Slovenia

Theatrical : 2006-11-02 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2006-11-03 : Canada

Theatrical : 2006-11-03 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2006-11-03 : Estonia

Theatrical : 2006-11-03 : Finland

Theatrical : 2006-11-03 : Latvia

Theatrical : 2006-11-03 : Lithuania

Theatrical : 2006-11-03 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2006-11-03 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2006-11-09 : Greece

Theatrical : 2006-11-10 : Bulgaria

Theatrical : 2006-11-15 : France

Theatrical : 2006-11-17 : Norway

Theatrical : 2006-11-17 : Spain

Theatrical : 2006-11-22 : Philippines

Theatrical : 2006-11-23 : Australia

Theatrical : 2006-11-23 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 2006-11-24 : Poland

Theatrical : 2006-11-30 : Israel

Theatrical : 2006-11-30 : Portugal

Theatrical : 2006-12-01 : Turkey

Theatrical : 2006-12-07 : South Korea

Theatrical : 2006-12-28 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2007-01-05 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2007-02-01 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2007-02-08 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2007-02-23 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2007-02-23 : Panama

Theatrical : 2007-03-02 : Colombia

Theatrical : 2007-03-02 : Italy

Theatrical : 2007-03-23 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2007-03-23 : Venezuela

Theatrical : 2007-03-30 : India

Theatrical : 2007-05-26 : Japan

2006-08-04 : United States of America

2006-09-08 : Canada

2006-09-18 : Finland

2006-09-22 : Netherlands

2006-10-06 : Poland

2006-10-06 : United States of America

2006-10-13 : Israel

2006-10-14 : Greece

2006-10-20 : Italy

2006-11-06 : Norway