Two gym instructors (Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand) accidentally stumble across and try to sell a disk containing the memoirs of CIA agent Osborne Cox (John Malkovich), who has recently resigned from the agency in a fit of pique. Their attempts at blackmail go wildly awry, gradually engulfing Osborne Cox's estranged wife (Tilda Swinton) and her lover (George Clooney), whose involvement triggers a series of tragic consequences. In "Burn After Reading" Joel and Ethan Coen take on the spy thriller genre and reinvent it in their unique voice - combining humor and violence in completely unexpected ways, and wrapping it all up with a the verbal dexterity that makes their work so distinctive.
Joel and Ethan Coen are the writer/directors of The Big Lebowski, Fargo (for which they won the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award) and No Country for Old Men (for which they won Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film Academy Awards).
Screenplay for the sharp new spy thriller from the masters of black humour, the Academy Award-winning Coen brothers.
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
BURN AFTER READING
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New York City, NY, US
black & white illustrations