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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 security guards intervene. Borat begins a relationship with Luenell and they return to Kazakhstan together, bringing back American customs and technology. This includes the apparent conversion of the people to Christianity the Kazakh version of which includes crucifixion and torturing of Jews and the introduction of computer-based technology, such as iPods , laptop computers and a high-definition LCD television.
Over the credits, the fictional Kazakhstan national anthem which Borat sang at the rodeo is played accompanied by images of Soviet-style industry. Except for Borat, Azamat, Luenell, and Pamela Anderson, none of the characters are portrayed by actors. In most cases, the film's participants were given no warning on what they would be taking part in except for being asked to sign release forms agreeing not to take legal action against the film's producers. Principal photography was already underway in January , when Baron Cohen caused a near riot in what would ultimately be the rodeo scene in the final cut of the film.
The " Kazakhstan " depicted in the film has little or no relationship with the actual country, and the producers explicitly deny attempting to "convey the actual beliefs, practices or behaviour of anyone associated with Kazakhstan" in the "all persons fictitious" disclaimer. The scenes showing Borat's home village were filmed in the village of Glod , Romania.
No Kazakh language is heard in the film. Borat's neighbours in Kazakhstan were portrayed by Romani people , who were unaware of the film's subject. Sacha Baron Cohen Borat commonly speaks Hebrew due to his mother being Israeli and being fluent in the language throughout the movie and not the Kazakh language.
The Cyrillic alphabet used in the film is the Russian form, not the Kazakh one , although most of the words written in it especially the geographical names are either misspelled or make no sense at all. The English words are typed on an English keyboard with a Russian language setting. The DVD included several deleted scenes from the film, including Borat being questioned by police at a traffic stop, visiting an animal shelter to get a bear to protect him from Jews, getting a massage at a hotel, and visiting an American doctor. There is also a montage of scenes cut from the film, including Borat taking a job at Krystal and taking part in an American Civil War reenactment.
The deleted scenes menu also includes an intentionally tedious supermarket sequence with an unusually patient supermarket owner Borat repeatedly asks about each product in the cheese section of the store and the owner responds the same way: "That's cheese" , an actual local TV news report about Borat's rodeo singing, and a final "happy ending" scene about Borat appearing in a Kazakh show entitled " Sexydrownwatch ", a Baywatch clone that also starred Azamat, Luenell and Alexandra Paul.
A scene in which Borat "started pretending he was being arrested" was also filmed, but was removed under the threat of legal action by prison officials when they learned that the "documentary" was a satire. Mazer stated that the scene was deleted so as not to compete with the naked hotel fight, but hinted it might be included in future DVD releases. Baron Cohen arrived in character as Borat in a cart pulled by women dressed as peasants.
Twenty minutes into the showing, however, the projector broke. Baron Cohen performed an impromptu act to keep the audience amused, but ultimately all attempts to fix the equipment failed. In Israel , a proposed poster depicting Borat in a sling bikini was rejected by the film's advertising firm in favour of one showing him in his usual suit. The film opened at No. Borat had its public release on 1 November in Belgium. By 3 November , it had opened in the United States and Canada, as well as in 14 European countries.
The review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 91 percent based on reviews from critics, and a weighted average of 8. The website's "Critics Consensus" for the film is, "Part satire, part shockumentary, Borat gets high-fives almost all-around for being offensive in the funniest possible way. In an article about the changing face of comedy, The Atlantic Monthly said that it "may be the funniest film in a decade". The Guardian included the film in its list of ten 'Best films of the noughties' — One negative review came from American critic Joe Queenan , who went as far as to call Baron Cohen an "odious twit".
Hitchens suggested instead that the film demonstrated amazing tolerance by the film's unknowing subjects, especially citing the reactions of the guests in the Southern dinner scene to Borat's behaviour. By posting scenes from the film on YouTube, Borat was also exposed by viral communication. This triggered discussions on different national identities Kazakh, American, Polish, Romanian, Jewish, British that Baron Cohen had exploited in creating the Borat character.
American audiences embraced the film, which played to sold-out crowds at many showings on its opening, despite having been shown on only screens. Borat debuted at No.
In the United Kingdom, Borat opened at No. Borat received a nomination at the 79th Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay , although the award ultimately went to The Departed. Borat has been featured in multiple top 10 lists of films in . Baron Cohen subsequently announced that he was "killing off" the characters of Borat and Ali G because they were now so famous he could no longer trick people. Even though he decided to retire his trademark characters, on 26 February , he brought them back for the FXX series Ali G: Rezurection , a collection of the sketches from all 18 episodes of Da Ali G Show , including new footage of Baron Cohen in-character as Ali G, who is portrayed as the presenter of the show.
After the film's release, Dharma Arthur, a news producer for WAPT in Jackson, Mississippi , wrote a letter to Newsweek saying that Borat's appearance on the station had led to her losing her job: "Because of him, my boss lost faith in my abilities and second-guessed everything I did thereafter … How upsetting that a man who leaves so much harm in his path is lauded as a comedic genius.
In news coverage that aired in January of the filming of the rodeo scene, Bobby Rowe, producer of the Salem, Virginia rodeo depicted in the film, provided background on how he had become the victim of a hoax. He said that "months" prior to the appearance, he had been approached by someone from "One America, a California-based film company that was reportedly doing a documentary on a Russian immigrant"; he agreed to permit the "immigrant" to sing the U.
Cindy Streit, Borat's etiquette consultant, subsequently hired high-profile attorney Gloria Allred , who demanded that the California Attorney General investigate fraud allegedly committed by Baron Cohen and the film's producers. The feminists from Veteran Feminists of America VFA felt that they had been duped, having "sensed something odd was going on" before and during the interview with Borat. The Guardian later reported at least one of the women felt that the film was worth going to see at the cinema.
The New York Post had reported in November that Pamela Anderson filed for divorce from her husband Kid Rock after he reacted unfavourably to the film during a screening. The Post ' s article specifically claimed he had said of her role in the film, "You're nothing but a whore! You're a slut! How could you do that movie? The villagers of Glod , Romania, took legal action against the producers of Borat , complaining that they were lied to about the nature of the filming and they were portrayed as incestuous and ignorant.
District Judge Loretta Preska in a hearing in early December on the ground that the allegations in the complaint were too vague. The litigants said they planned to refile. Two of the University of South Carolina fraternity brothers who appeared in the film, Justin Seay and Christopher Rotunda, sued the producers, claiming defamation. Another lawsuit was filed by a South Carolina resident who said he was accosted by Baron Cohen as Borat in the bathroom at a restaurant in downtown Columbia , with the actor allegedly making comments regarding the individual's genitals, without signing any legal waiver.
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The lawsuit also sought to have the footage excluded from any DVD releases and removed from Internet video sites. Cedeno later dropped the suit, and received nothing. In his action—filed in the U. District Court in Manhattan—the driving instructor said that he had been told the film was a "documentary about the integration of foreign people into the American way of life", and that if he had known the film's true nature, he would have never participated. Psenicska said he was entitled to damages because the defendants used images of him to advertise the film.
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Jeffrey Lemerond, who was shown running and yelling, "Get away" as Borat attempted to hug strangers on a New York street, filed a legal case claiming his image was used in the film illegally, and that he suffered "public ridicule, degradation and humiliation" as a result. The case was dismissed. Loved the movie. Can you sign a poster for my son Jeremy?
The government of Kazakhstan at first denounced Borat. In November , Kazakh TV personality Jantemir Baimukhamedov travelled to London with the stated aim of presenting Baron Cohen with horse meat and horse urine, which were claimed by Borat to be the national food and drink of Kazakhstan, although he was unable to organise a meeting with him.
In , Gemini Films, the Central Asian distributor of 20th Century Fox, complied with a Kazakh government request to not release the film.
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According to Yerlan Askarbekov, a Kazakh public relations professional who worked with both the British Council and the Kazakh government who wrote a piece for the BBC website in , ten years after the film's release, many of his colleagues in the Kazakh media saw the character of Borat as a valuable PR opportunity. According to him some of the Kazakhs who were most upset by the film were students studying in the US and the UK, who understood the film's satirical intent but felt that their non-Kazakh peers were taking the film at face value as an accurate portrayal of the country.
He suggested that interest in the character inside the country faded once Kazakhs grasped that the film was designed to " The Kazakh tabloid Karavan declared Borat to be the best film of the year, having had a reviewer see the film at a screening in Vienna. The paper said that it was " In a letter published by the newspaper Vremya , Asip-uly wrote, " Borat has managed to spark an immense interest of the whole world in Kazakhstan—something our authorities could not do during the years of independence.
If state officials completely lack a sense of humor, their country becomes a laughing stock. In March , the parody national anthem from the film's soundtrack , which acclaims Kazakhstan for its high-quality potassium exports and having the second cleanest prostitutes in the region, was mistakenly played at the Amir of Kuwait International Shooting Grand Prix. The gold medalist, Mariya Dmitriyenko , stood on the dais while the entire parody was played. The team complained, and the award ceremony was restaged.
The incident apparently resulted from the wrong song being downloaded from the Internet. The European Center for Antiziganism Research , which works against negative attitudes toward Romani people , filed a complaint  with German prosecutors on 18 October , based on Borat's references to Gypsies in his film. The complaint accuses him of defamation and inciting violence against an ethnic group.
The film was banned in the entire Arab world except for Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates which released the film heavily censored. The censor said that he and his colleagues had walked out on their screening before it had ended, and that only half an hour of the film would be left once all the offensive scenes were removed. The soundtrack for Borat was released on the iTunes Store on 24 October , and in shops on 31 October The folk music included in the soundtrack has no connection to the authentic music of Kazakhstan.
There is also a choice of Hebrew , but this is merely a joke; choosing the Hebrew language option results in a warning screen reading "You have been trapped, Jew! The bonus features conclude with a news segment from a Virginia TV station about Borat's night at the rodeo, complete with an interview with rodeo owner Bobby Rowe.
The slipcover is in English but the case itself has all-Cyrillic text a majority of which is in legitimate Russian, not faux Cyrillic and is made to look poorly photocopied. There are further jokes within the DVD itself. The menus are styled as a worn, static-laden film on an erratically functioning projector, with more Cyrillic writing accompanied by translations in broken English. The DVD is described as a "prerecorded moviedisc for purpose domestic viewing of moviefilm", and the viewer is warned that "selling piratings of this moviedisc will result in punishment by crushing ".
The DVD's collection of trailers promises that the depicted films are "coming Kazakhstan in ". By April , the DVD had sold over 3. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the film. For the character, see Borat Sagdiyev. Theatrical release poster.
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