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Burn After Reading (2008)

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Comedy, Crime, Drama |

Burn After Reading is a black comedy crime film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It follows a recently jobless CIA analyst whose misplaced memoirs are found by a pair of dimwitted gym employees, crossing paths with a womanising US Marshal, also starring Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins and J.K. Simmons. The film had its premiere on August 27, 2008, opening at the 2008 Venice Film Festival. It was released in the United States on September 12, 2008, and in the United Kingdom on October 17, 2008. It did well at the box office, grossing over $168 million from its $37 million budget. Critical response was mostly positive, with nominations at both the Golden Globes and the BAFTA awards.

Faced with a demotion at work due to an alleged drinking problem, Osbourne “Ozzie” Cox angrily quits his job as a CIA analyst and decides to write a memoir. When his pediatrician wife Katie finds out, she sees it as an opportunity to file for divorce and continue her affair with Harry Pfarrer, a married U.S. Marshal.

At the instructions of her lawyer, Katie copies and delivers her husband’s financial records and other files, including, unbeknownst to her, the draft of Ozzie’s memoir. The lawyer’s assistant copies the files onto a CD, which she accidentally leaves on the locker room floor of Hardbodies, a local gym. The disc falls into the hands of dim-witted personal trainer Chad Feldheimer and his co-worker Linda Litzke, who mistakenly believe it to contain sensitive government information.

Chad devises a plan to return the disc to Ozzie for a cash reward, with Linda seeing this as a quick solution to come up with money to pay for cosmetic surgery she’d been scheming in vain to afford. After a phone call and subsequent meeting with Osbourne provoke his furious reaction, Chad and Linda try to sell the disc to the Russian embassy.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Writers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Stars: Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, George Clooney, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Marvel

►Cast:

George ClooneyHarry Pfarrer
Frances McDormandLinda Litzke
Brad PittChad Feldheimer
John MalkovichOsborne Cox
Tilda SwintonKatie Cox
Richard JenkinsTed
Elizabeth MarvelSandy Pfarrer
David RascheCIA Officer Palmer DeBakey Smith
J.K. SimmonsCIA Superior (as JK Simmons)
Olek KrupaKrapotkin
Michael CountrymanAlan
Kevin SussmanTuchman Marsh Man
J.R. HorneDivorce Lawyer (as JR Horne)
Hamilton ClancyPeck
Armand SchultzOlson
Pun BandhuParty Guest
Karla MosleyParty Guest
Jeffrey DeMunnCosmetic Surgeon
Richard PoeStretching Gym Patron
Carmen M. HerlihyProspective Gym Customer
Raul AranasManolo (as Raul Arañas)
Judy FrankLawyer’s Secretary
Sándor TécsyRussian Embassy Escort (as Sandor Tecsy)
Yury TsykunSenior Russian Embassy Man
Brian O’NeillHal
Robert PrescottProcess Server
Matt WaltonMorning Show Host
Lori HammelMorning Show Hostess
Crystal BockPR Woman
Patrick BollSandy’s Man
Logan KulickFour-Year-Old Patient
Dermot MulroneyStar of “Coming Up Daisy”
Robert R. BarryDrunken Princetonian
Ted BoutonDrunken Princetonian
Bob BowersoxDrunken Princetonian
Oliver BuckinghamDrunken Princetonian
Michael FawcettDrunken Princetonian
William FowleDrunken Princetonian
Charles GemmillDrunken Princetonian
Mitch GiannunzioDrunken Princetonian
Cliff GouletDrunken Princetonian
William D. GreyDrunken Princetonian
Gary HendersonDrunken Princetonian
Ron KiddDrunken Princetonian
Bill MassofDrunken Princetonian
Brian McKeonDrunken Princetonian
Ken McNeillDrunken Princetonian
Tim MillerDrunken Princetonian
Jay ParksDrunken Princetonian
Roger RathburnDrunken Princetonian
Eric RichardsonDrunken Princetonian
Bart WilderDrunken Princetonian
James Thomas BlighLt. Macdonald
Matt CannonTourist
Patricia DiZebbaJogger
Justin DoescherSuspicious Man
Kimberly DorseyTourist
Liam FergusonBusinessman
Joe JagaticCIA Agent
Richard KarnSelf – Family Feud Host (archive footage)
RJ KonnerSenator
T. Alloy LangenfeldNam Vet Visiting WWII Memorial
Mike MonroeTourist
Kevin Kean MurphyThe Witness
Douglas NelsonMan in Park
Vito PietanzaRunner
Devin RumerSurveillance Man
Kenny ShapiroDriver
Patrick Michael StrangeTourist
Kevin TanSuspicious Tourist – Day Player
Jacqueline WrightMonica

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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