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

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Borat is a British-American comedy film directed by Larry Charles as well as co-written and produced by Sacha Baron Cohen. Baron Cohen stars as Borat Sagdiyev, a fictitious Kazakh journalist who travels through the United States to make a documentary which features real-life interactions with Americans.

Much of the film features unscripted vignettes of Borat interviewing and interacting with real-life Americans who believe he is a foreigner with little or no understanding of American customs. It is the second of three films built around Baron Cohen’s characters from Da Ali G Show (2000–2004): the first, Ali G Indahouse, was released in 2002, and featured a cameo by Borat, and the third, Brüno, was released in 2009. The film is produced by Baron Cohen’s production company, Four By Two Productions.

At the behest of the Kazakh Ministry of Information, reporter Borat Sagdiyev leaves Kazakhstan for the United States, the “Greatest Country in the World”, to make a documentary. He leaves behind his wife, Oksana; his companions are his producer, Azamat Bagatov, and a pet hen.

In New York City, Borat sees an episode of Baywatch on TV and immediately falls in love with Pamela Anderson’s character, C. J. Parker. While interviewing and mocking a panel of feminists, he learns of the actress’s name and her residence in California. Borat is then informed by telegram that Oksana has been killed by a bear. Delighted, he resolves to travel to California and make Anderson his new wife. Azamat is afraid of flying because of the September 11, 2001, attacks, which he believes were the work of Jews. Borat takes driving lessons and buys a dilapidated ice-cream truck for the journey.

Director: Larry Charles

Writers: Sacha Baron Cohen (screenplay & story & based on a character created by), Anthony Hines (screenplay & story), Peter Baynham (screenplay & story), Dan Mazer (screenplay), Todd Phillips (story)

Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ken Davitian, Luenell

Cast:

Sacha Baron CohenBorat
Ken DavitianAzamat
LuenellLuenell
ChesterBear
CharlieBear
Ilham AliyevSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pamela AndersonSelf – Autograph Signing (uncredited)
Bob BarrSelf – Former Georgia Congressman (uncredited)
Carole De SaramSelf – Feminist (uncredited)
Mitchell FalkPrime Minister of Kazakhstan (uncredited)
Alan KeyesSelf – 2-Time Republican Presidential Candidate (uncredited)
Andre MyersPride Dancer (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre ParentKazakh Swimmer (uncredited)
Chip PickeringSelf – U.S. Congressman (uncredited)
Bobby RoweSelf – General Manager of Imperial Rodeo (uncredited)
James SmithSelf – Chief Justice of State Supreme Court (uncredited)
Larry WalkerSelf – Antique Store Owner (uncredited)
Grace WelchSelf – Feminist (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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