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George Clooney George Clooney
Harry Pfarrer
Frances McDormand Frances McDormand
Linda Litzke
Brad Pitt Brad Pitt
Chad Feldheimer
John Malkovich John Malkovich
Osborne Cox
Tilda Swinton Tilda Swinton
Katie Cox
Elizabeth Marvel Elizabeth Marvel
Sandy Pfarrer
David Rasche David Rasche
CIA Officer Palmer DeBakey Smith


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Joel Coen Joel Coen
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Ethan Coen Ethan Coen
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Burn baby burn!

13 years ago at Oct 18 9:54
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''What a clusterfuck!''

A disk containing the memoirs of a CIA agent ends up in the hands of two unscrupulous gym employees who attempt to sell it.

George Clooney : Harry Pfarrer

What Burn After Reading results in, is one of the things the Coen Brothers to best and that is black comedy.
It equals them going back to the style of Fargo and some re... read more

A good movie

9 years, 9 months ago at Dec 26 9:51
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Following their oscar winning flick, 'No Country for old men', the Coen brothers made this lighter comedy. First of all, there was a really top cast (George Clooney, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Richard Jenkins, J.K. Simmons) and they were all pretty good. I must say, even though the premise sounded really awesome, the end-result was pretty funny but nothing more th... read more

What the fuck? oh right

12 years, 9 months ago at Dec 26 23:09
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Brilliant dark comedy! exceptional acting by the always wonderful Malkovich. A story of how small scale plans evolve into an unrecognizable mess. Very entertaining and ingtriguing the whole way trough. Great cast and evan greater caracters. most frequently used line was probably "what the fuck", but always in good humour and carefully placed. Fucking awesome!
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An ousted CIA official's memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find.
Release date: 12 September 2008
Tags: Comedy (33), 2008 (21), 2000s (18), Black Comedy (17), Satire (15), Crime (14), Murder (10), Cia (8), Drama (8), Usa (8), Dark Comedy (8), Blackmail (8), Infidelity (7), Spy (6), (6), Coma (5), Stupidity (5), Hiding In Closet (5), Violence (4)
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“A complete tonal mess that finds the Coen Brothers swinging wildly from wry farce to blood-soaked slapstick to harebrained lampoonery, Burn After Reading is muddled but entertaining enough. It seems that every time the Coens obtain some level of respectability they immediately follow it up with a confused big swing as if to reorientate their misanthropic worldview away from prestige. No Country for Old Men won them a bushel of Oscars, so they called up a bunch of their movie star friends (George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand) for a farce of conspiracy theories and an examination of one man’s grandiose sense of importance.   I suppose some of it works, but it also feels like the Coens are aware that Burn After Reading is all over the place as ther” read more

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