• Publication date: August 28, 2011

Burn After Reading



A disgraced ex-CIA agent's wife and two gymnasts inadvertently launch an international spy ring.

Program data

Duration: 90

Production Year: 2008

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May 3, 2017 01:00 (KSA) ~ May 3, 2017 00:00 (CLT)

(mbc.net) Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich) has just been sacked by the CIA due to his excessive alcoholism.  When his wife, Katie (Tilda Swinton) learns about her husband's firing she uses it as an excuse to file for divorce, and hook up with her lover, Treasury Department official Harry Pfarrer (George Clooney).

To begin divorce proceedings Katie gives her attorney miscellaneous files from her husband's computer on a disc; when that disc is lost at his gym, its proprietors offer it to Russian intelligence, insisting they can get more info for a 'small' fee.  Before the film ends numerous individuals meet their doom in this hilariously dark comedy.

Burn After Reading earned $161 million, quadruple its $37 million budget.  The picture was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards.


  • George Clooney
  • Frances McDormand
  • John Malkovich
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Brad Pitt
  • Richard Jenkins
  • J. K. Simmons
  • Elizabeth Marvel
  • David Rasche