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Burn After Reading

"Intelligence is relative."

This is comedic tale of espionage. An ousted CIA official's memoir accidentally falls into the hands of two unwise gym employees intent on exploiting their find.

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Released: Sep 12th, 2008
Budget: $37,000,000.00
Revenue: N/A

Burn After Reading Main Cast

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George Clooney
George Clooney
plays Harry Pfarrer
Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
plays Linda Litzke
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt
plays Chad Feldheimer
John Malkovich
John Malkovich
plays Osborne Cox
Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
plays Katie Cox
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (factual errors): At the end of the film, when the CIA supervisor opens & closes a file marked "Top Secret", the file's cover-sheet is outlined in red. This is an error because the cover-sheet of all "Top Secret" classified files are outlined in orange. Red is saved for the cover-sheets of all classified files marked "Secret" and blue is used for the cover-sheets of all classified files marked "Confidential".
  • SPOILER: In the movie, Brad Pitt's character Chad Feldheimer was shot in the head, just like his character, Jesse James in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Both the characters were killed by Brad's fellow crew members in Ocean's Eleven - George Clooney and Casey Affleck respectively.
  • Movie Goof (incorrectly regarded as a mistake): Katie reports that it's 5.2 miles on the odometer from the Cox residence on Olive St. NW to West Potomac Park just off the Lincoln Memorial. It's actually no more than about two miles. This may be deliberate however. Harry often lies to try to impress his dates. Perhaps he had Katie go the long away around to the park so he could take the shortcut back that his about two miles, but implying that it is 5 miles to Katie.
  • When Harry goes to stay at Katie Cox's house after she broke up with Osbourne, he brings along a purple "ramp", a sex tool from the Liberator line. After they collide he leaves the house only taking the "ramp" away.
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