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Born American (1986)

Three American students vacationing in Finland, cross the border into Russia for fun of it. When they are spotted by the Russian soldiers who are shooting to kill, it's not fun anymore. ... See full summary »

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Renny Harlin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Norris ... Savoy
Steve Durham ... Mitch
David Coburn ... K.C.
Thalmus Rasulala ... The Admiral
Albert Salmi ... United States Emissary
Piita Vuosalmi Piita Vuosalmi ... Nadja
Vesa Vierikko Vesa Vierikko ... Kapsky
Ismo Kallio Ismo Kallio ... Zarkov
Laura Munsterhjelm Laura Munsterhjelm ... Irina (as Laura Heimo)
Antti Horko Antti Horko ... Cossack
Pauli Virtanen Pauli Virtanen ... Sergei
Jone Takamäki Jone Takamäki ... Interrogator (as Jouni Takamäki)
Inkeri Luoma-aho Inkeri Luoma-aho ... Female Guard
Markku Blomqvist Markku Blomqvist ... Irina's Father
Sari Havas Sari Havas ... Girl at Party
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Storyline

Three American students vacationing in Finland, cross the border into Russia for fun of it. When they are spotted by the Russian soldiers who are shooting to kill, it's not fun anymore. Captured and thrown in jail, they find it's not fun either. It's a nightmare. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Freedom is just a word...until you lose it.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Finland

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1986 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Pasaporte al infierno See more »

Filming Locations:

Enontekiö, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,401,376 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,225,475, 1 September 1986

Gross USA:

$3,388,020
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Most expensive film ever made in Finland in that time. See more »

Quotes

Interrogator: [while torturing Mitch] We really do have all the time in the world.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 20 seconds to get an '18' rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Luonteita: Renny Harlin (1990) See more »

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Decent debut, but I'd be lying if I'd claim it great
24 June 2006 | by tomimtSee all my reviews

So what is the truth about 'Born American' (or Arctic Heat)? The full truth is, that it is a debut movie of an action director who has done couple of hits and a couple of misses. And despite of its childish and almost propaganda like portrayal of the soviets, it does have a couple of interesting scenes in it.

It's easy to say, and see, that BA is an product of its era. Cold war was on and Soviet Union was seen as a huge menace. It's not only action film painting this kind of images about the soviet union, but maybe it is one with the most over the top approach, as almost all the Russians are shown as dirty and almost barbaric lunatics.

The plot is quite simple: three Americans are exploring Finland and they decide to cross the border to Soviet Union. The silly sods venture deeper into the Russia and are soon caught, which leads into an action scene, where almost everything explodes or burns down. Later, when the yanks are taken into the prison/labor camp the movie turns towards so unrealistic direction, that you don't know to laugh or to cry.

'Born American' isn't Harlins best movie, but surprisingly enough it ain't his worst either. It lacks the fluent movement of more experienced director, but over all as a debut movie it has some merits working for it. In 80's standards the action works pretty well and out of all brainless action movies made during that era it fits in pretty well with the rest of them.


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