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Joel and Ethan Coen's jet-black comedy Burn After Reading begins with CIA agent Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) losing his job. This prompts his long-suffering, unfaithful wife (Tilda Swinton) to consult a lawyer about divorcing him. Osborne decides to write a book about his exploits, but an early draft of his work ends up lost at a gym where it's found by the dim-witted Chad (Brad Pitt, and the plastic-surgery obsessed Linda (Frances McDormand). They decide to blackmail Osborne in order to help Linda pay for the numerous procedures she wants to undergo. Things grow even more complicated when Linda starts an affair with Harry (George Clooney), who also happens to be sleeping with Cox's wife. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Art Directors Guild Jess Gonchor Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Brad Pitt Best Supporting Actor 2008 Nominee
Utah Film Critics Frances McDormand Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Frances McDormand Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Joel Coen Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Joel Coen Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Ethan Coen Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Ethan Coen Best Original Screenplay 2008 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tilda Swinton Best Supporting Actress 2008 Nominee

Cast

George Clooney
as Harry Pfarrer
Frances McDormand
as Linda Litzke
John Malkovich
as Osborne Cox
Tilda Swinton
as Katie Cox
Brad Pitt
as Chad Feldheimer
Richard Jenkins
as Ted Treffon
Elizabeth Marvel
as Sandy Pfarrer
David Rasche
as CIA Officer
J.K. Simmons
as CIA Superior
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Cosmetic Surgeon
Karla Mosley
as Party Guest
Hamilton Clancy
as Peck
Richard Poe
as Stretching Gym Patron
Michael Countryman
as Alan
Pun Bandhu
as Party Guest
Kevin Sussman
as Tuchman Marsh Man
Armand Schultz
as Olson
J.R. Horne
as Divorce Lawyer
Dermot Mulroney
as Star of 'Coming Up Daisy'
Olek Krupa
as Krapotkin

Crew

Ethan Coen
Director
Joel Coen
Director
Joel Coen
Producer
Ethan Coen
Producer
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Emmanuel Lubezki
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Roderick Jaynes
Editor
Jess Gonchor
Production Designer
David Swayze
Art Director
David Diliberto
Associate Producer
Tim Bevan
Executive Producer
Eric Fellner
Executive Producer
Robert Graf
Executive Producer
Mary Zophres
Costume Designer
Nancy Haigh
Set Decorator
Peter Kurland
Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Chenoweth
Casting
Skip Lievsay
Re-Recording Mixer
Skip Lievsay
Supervising Sound Editor
Betsy Magruder
Second Assistant Director
Greg Orloff
Re-Recording Mixer
Craig Berkey
Re-Recording Mixer
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