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Born American (1986)

Born American





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A trio of vacationing American students cross the Finnish/Russian border during the Cold War and are soon imprisoned after a skirmish with Soviet soldiers.more
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Markus Selin, Renny Harlin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 24, 2001
Concorde Pictures


Thalmus Rasulala
as The Admiral
Orava Family
as Russian Family
Antti Horko
as Cossack
Jouni Takamaki
as Interrogator
Inkeri Luoma-Aho
as Female Guard
Markku Blomqvist
as Irina's Father
Casper Anttila
as Chess Player
Sari Havas
as Girl at Party
Aapo Autola
as Car Salesman
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Critic Reviews for Born American

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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February 2, 2004
AV Club
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Full Review… | April 26, 2001
Chicago Reader
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August 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for Born American

"At the end of the movie I realized that I enjoyed watching it even with all it's faults."
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Damien Valley
Damien Valley

This is a very underrated and unappreciated 1980s action/horror movie filmed at the height of the Cold War. The leading actor is Mike Norris (Chuck's son). The plot is original and entertaining. Some young American 20-somethings go on a hunting trip on the Finland-USSR border. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: "What Americans in their right mind would go hunting along the Finland-USSR border at height of the Cold War?" Just keep in mind that these kids are not Princeton grads! After a few beers, they play a game of limbo at the border fence (again, not a smart move!). That would be enough excitement for most people, but not these geniuses. When they realize that the border is unguarded, they decide to up the ante and cross into the Soviet Union. Eventually, they get lost in some desolate Russian village and get framed for murder. They're then sent to a hellish Russian prison where inmates are used as human chess pieces. I thought it was entertaining!

Gus Hale

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