Burn After Reading

The Russians send Chad (Brad Pitt) to Osbourne Cox's (John Malkovich) house to get more information. While he is there, Harry (George Clooney) arrives and sees him. Panicked, he shoots Chad in the head. Thinking he's being stalked, he dumps the body. After a while, Harry finds out his wife is cheating on him. He tells this to Linda (Frances McDormand) who, in turn, confides in him that her friend Chad disappeared a few days ago. Realizing this is the same Chad he killed, Harry runs away. Osbourne Cox finds out his wife (Tilda Swinton) is taking all his money. He breaks into his house and finds Linda's co-worker (Richard Jenkins) there, who just went there to find Linda. Cox chases him outside and chops him up with a hatchet. The CIA sees this and they shoot Cox. Linda also gets busted and tells them she'll only confess if they give her the money for her plastic surgery, clearly trying to pull the same scheme that started this whole mess.....


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Continuity mistake: In the first meeting room at the Russian Embassy, the picture behind Linda and Chad changes from a blue framed portrait of what looks like Yeltsin to a portrait of Putin. (00:45:50)

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Osborne Cox: You are the guy from the gym.
Ted Treffon: I don't represent Hardbodies.
Osborne Cox: I know very well what you represent. You represent the idiocy of today.
Ted Treffon: No, I don't represent that either.
Osborne Cox: You are part of a league of morons. Oh, yes. You see you're one of the morons I've been fighting my whole life. My whole, fucking life. But guess what. Today, I win.

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