Born American

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Born American (1986, USA/Finland) is a War-Action film directed by Renny Harlin.


Main Details

  • Released in 1986
  • Colour
  • 96 min
  • Production Co: Cinema Group Ventures, Larmark Productions Inc., Man & Gun Film Production, Videogramm
  • Directed by Renny Harlin
  • Cinematography by Henrik Paersch
  • Music by Richard G. Mitchell
  • Written by Renny Harlin and Markus Selin
  • Starring: Mike Norris, David Coburn, Steve Durham, Piita Vuosalmi, Laura Heimo, Vesa Vierikko, Jouni Takamäki

Also Known As

  • Arctic Heat
  • Jäätävä Polte


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


Born American is a 1986 film directed by Renny Harlin. It was a feature length action movie about three Americans vacationing in Finland who cross the border into the Soviet Union. It was originally supposed to star Chuck Norris but he backed out when filming was delayed by funding problems and his son, Mike Norris, landed the lead instead. A Finnish production, this was at that time the most expensive film ever to have been made in Finland. The Finnish Board of Film Classification first banned the movie, because of excessive violence and anti-Soviet elements. Because of that the movie had to be shortened 3.5 minutes before it was finally accepted for distribution October 29, 1986 with the Supreme Court decision. (Wikipedia)

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