15 certificateBurn after Reading is a Film programme that first aired in 2008 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Burn after Reading is a 4 star programme

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Burn after Reading (2008)

Directed by
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen

When dopey gym employees Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) and Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) find a computer disc that they believe contains top-secret material, they decide to blackmail its owner, ex-CIA analyst Osborne Cox (John Malkovich). As negotiations between both parties descend into chaos, Linda starts dating womanising Treasury agent Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney), who has also been having an affair with Cox's wife Katie (Tilda Swinton).

Drawn into Linda's ill-advised plot, Harry soon realises he's way out of his depth as the novice blackmailers' greed leads to a series of very unfortunate events.

A complete U-turn following the brooding tone the Coen's multi Oscar-winning triumph No Country For Old Men, this farcical comedy of errors gives the choice cast the chance to cut loose with some wild and woolly characterisations. Pitt is particularly memorable playing against type as the fey, childlike Chad, with Clooney displaying his considerable talent for portraying conceited, self-involved clowns. While the cast is stuffed with stars, it's underrated character actor J.K. Simmons - best known as J Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man series - who ties the film together, playing the baffled CIA director vainly attempting to make sense of the mayhem Chad and Linda have unleashed.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 2008

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA/UK/France

Filmed in Colour


Image for George ClooneyGeorge Clooney...Harry Pfarrer
Image for Frances McDormandFrances McDormand...Linda Litzke
Image for John MalkovichJohn Malkovich...Osbourne Cox
Image for Tilda SwintonTilda Swinton...Katie Cox
Image for Brad PittBrad Pitt...Chad Feldheimer
Image for Richard JenkinsRichard Jenkins...Ted Treffon
Elizabeth Marvel...Sandy Pfarrer
David Rasche...CIA Officer
Image for J.K. SimmonsJ.K. Simmons...CIA Superior
Olek Krupa...Krapotkin
Michael Countryman...Alan
Kevin Sussman...Divorce Lawyer
J.R. Horne...Divorce Lawyer
Hamilton Clancy...Peck
Armand Schultz...Olson