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Burn After Reading (2008)


Drama/Comedy · 1h 36m · 9/12/2008

Intelligence is only their job.


An all-star cast, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and John Malkovich, come together in this outrageous spy comedy about murder, blackmail, sex addiction and physical fitness! When a disc filled with some of the CIA's most irrelevant secrets gets in the hands of two determined, but dim-witted, gym employees, the duo are intent on exploiting their find. But since blackmail is a trade better left for the experts, events soon spiral out of everyone's and anyone's control, resulting in a non-stop series of hilarious encounters! From Joel and Ethan Coen, the Academy Award-winning directors of No Country For Old Men and The Big Lebowski, comes this brilliantly clever and endlessly entertaining movie that critics are calling, "smart, funny, and original" (Ben Lyons, E!).






United States, United Kingdom, France

Production Companies

StudioCanal, Relativity Media, Mike Zoss Productions, Working Title Films





Where to Watch


George Clooney

Harry Pfarrer

Frances McDormand

Linda Litzke

Brad Pitt

Chad Feldheimer

John Malkovich

Osborne Cox

Tilda Swinton

Katie Cox

Richard Jenkins


Elizabeth Marvel

Sandy Pfarrer

David Rasche

CIA Officer Palmer DeBakey Smith

J.K. Simmons

CIA Superior (as JK Simmons)

Olek Krupa


Michael Countryman


Kevin Sussman

Tuchman Marsh Man

J.R. Horne

Divorce Lawyer (as JR Horne)

Hamilton Clancy


Armand Schultz


Pun Bandhu

Party Guest

Karla Mosley

Party Guest

Jeffrey DeMunn

Cosmetic Surgeon

Richard Poe

Stretching Gym Patron

Carmen M. Herlihy

Prospective Gym Customer

Raul Aranas

Manolo (as Raul Arañas)

Judy Frank

Lawyer's Secretary

Sándor Técsy

Russian Embassy Escort (as Sandor Tecsy)

Yury Tsykun

Senior Russian Embassy Man

Brian O'Neill


Robert Prescott

Process Server

Matt Walton

Morning Show Host

Lori Hammel

Morning Show Hostess

Crystal Bock

PR Woman

Patrick Boll

Sandy's Man

Logan Kulick

Four-Year-Old Patient

Dermot Mulroney

Star of "Coming Up Daisy"

Robert R. Barry

Drunken Princetonian

Ted Bouton

Drunken Princetonian

Bob Bowersox

Drunken Princetonian

Oliver Buckingham

Drunken Princetonian

Michael Fawcett

Drunken Princetonian

William Fowle

Drunken Princetonian

Charles Gemmill

Drunken Princetonian

Mitch Giannunzio

Drunken Princetonian

Cliff Goulet

Drunken Princetonian

William D. Grey

Drunken Princetonian

Gary Henderson

Drunken Princetonian

Ron Kidd

Drunken Princetonian

Bill Massof

Drunken Princetonian

Brian McKeon

Drunken Princetonian

Ken McNeill

Drunken Princetonian

Tim Miller

Drunken Princetonian

Jay Parks

Drunken Princetonian

Roger Rathburn

Drunken Princetonian

Eric Richardson

Drunken Princetonian

Bart Wilder

Drunken Princetonian

James Thomas Bligh

Lt. Macdonald (uncredited)

Matt Cannon

Tourist (uncredited)

Patricia DiZebba

Jogger (uncredited)

Justin Doescher

Suspicious Man (uncredited)

Kimberly Dorsey

Tourist (uncredited)

Liam Ferguson

Businessman (uncredited)

Joe Jagatic

CIA Agent (uncredited)

Richard Karn

Self - Family Feud Host (archive footage) (uncredited)

RJ Konner

Senator (uncredited)

Steve Konopelski

Waiter (uncredited)

T. Alloy Langenfeld

Nam Vet Visiting WWII Memorial (uncredited)

Mike Monroe

Tourist (uncredited)

Josh Mowery

Business Man (uncredited)

Kevin Kean Murphy

The Witness (uncredited)

Douglas Nelson

Man in Park (uncredited)

Vito Pietanza

Runner (uncredited)

Devin Rumer

Surveillance Man (uncredited)

Kenny Shapiro

Driver (uncredited)

Patrick Michael Strange

Tourist (uncredited)

Kevin Tan

Suspicious Tourist - Day Player (uncredited)

Jacqueline Wright

Monica (uncredited)

Ethan Coen


Joel Coen


Joel Coen


Ethan Coen

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