Borat

This mockumentary comedy film directed by Larry Charles stars the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in the title role of a fictitious Kazakh journalist, journeying through the United States and recording real-life interactions with Americans. Its full title isBorat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. It is the second film built around one of Cohen’s characters from Da Ali G Show, followingAli G Indahouse, which also featured a cameo by Borat.

Borat became a phenomenon all over the country due to the highly publicized controversy surrounded the film. The creators of the show were even threatened with lawsuits by angry individuals who appear in the film. All Arab countries, except for Lebanon, banned it, and the Russian government successfully discouraged cinemas there from showing it.  The Borat DVD was released on March 6, 2007 after much anticipation.

See where Borat Sagdiyev leaves his homeland of Kazakhstan for the “Greatest Country in the World,” the “US and A” to make a documentary film at the request of the fictitious Kazakh Ministry of Information. He leaves behind his mother, his wife Oksana, and the town rapist, and brings along his producer Azamat Bagatov (played by Ken Davitian). Much of the movie features unscripted vignettes of Borat interviewing and interacting with Americans who believe he is a foreigner with no understanding of American customs.

While Borat is visiting New York, he searches out Pamela Anderson, the Baywatch beauty of his dreams. Borat catches a break when a panel of feminists, give him a clue to her whereabouts.  He resolves to travel to California after a serendipitous bear attack kills his wife and he is now free to marry Pam Anderson.  Borat convinces his friend Azamat into driving across the country in a rundown ice cream truck and record real interactions with unsuspecting Americans resulting in hilarious situations as the two friends drive across the country.

When you take On Location Tours’ NYC TV & Movie Tour, you’ll see the Wellington Hotel, where Borat stays when he first arrives in New York City.  He enters the elevator and states that it is “very nice,” thinking that this is where he will be sleeping during his stay.  When he finally reaches his actual room, he feels like “da king of the castle” because he has never stayed anywhere as luxurious.

You will also see Trump International Hotel and Tower, located at the Southwest corner of Central Park, where Borat stood shocking the people walking by with his outrageous behavior, including squatting in the bushes to relieve himself.

You will also get a glimpse of major New York attractions like Times Square and Central Park, which were featured in this film.  Times Square extends from west 42nd street to west 47thbetween Broadway and 7th avenues. Times Square is a symbol of New York City, and an admired hotspot and tourist attraction, including restaurants, stores, and New York’s theatre district.  Other movies filmed here include Vanilla Sky, Spider-Man, and I Am Legend.

Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States and covers 843 acres, which is 6% of Manhattan.  It is major part of life in New York City.  Central Park was also featured in plenty of other movies and shows including Enchanted, The Brave One, The Devil Wears Prada, Maid In Manhattan, The Devil’s Advocate, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, SerendipityHome Alone 2Stepmom, Ransom, and Godspell.  For a more in depth view of Central Park, take On Location Tours’ Central Park TV & Movie Sites Tour, which highlights all the places in central park featured in famous movies and shows.

Go on location with one of our tours to feel like you’re in a scene from your favorite movies.

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