Burn After Reading
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.
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Date available: 09/01/2008
- Publication date: 09/01/2008
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Meet the Author: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen, have been bringing their brand of American weirdness to the big screen for more than 20 years. Their oeuvre includes Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou? and No Country for Old Men.