Burn After Reading (2008) Poster


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Double Indemnity (1944)
This movie's line "I'm crazy about you, baby" is a reference to the line Fred MacMurray uses in Double Indemnity.
Ironside (1967) (TV Series)
George Clooney refers to a moss as Ironside.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
One of Linda's matches on an internet dating service has the username "CoolHandTodd"
The President's Analyst (1967)
The name of the Russian agent -Kropotkin-is an homage to a character in the previous film.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Character named Hal to Osborne Cox (John Malkovich): "I hate to be the paranoid old spook"
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
One of Linda's matches on an internet dating service has the username "LSkywalker"
Seinfeld (1989) (TV Series)
One of Lindas Internet dating matches lists his favorite TV-show as "Seinfeld"
Fargo (1996)
Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) chases and attacks Ted (Richard Jenkins) in a similar fashion to Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) chases and attacks Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) in "Fargo", albeit the scene is cut short in the later mentioned scenario.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The music played while Linda is on hold with the HMO is "Gnomus" movement; used in the interpretive dance scene in "The Big Lebowski"
Meet Joe Black (1998)
Brad Pitt's character, Chad, introduces himself as Joe Black. Brad Pitt played Joe Black in the earlier film.
The Ladykillers (2004)
Linda Litzke tells her doctor "My mother had an ass that could pull a bus." In The Ladykillers (2004), also directed by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen , Gawain tells his boss almost the exact same thing; describing a customer: "Mr. Gudge, she had a ass that could pull a bus."

Referenced in 

Bum Reviews: Burn After Reading (2008) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by David during a discussion of the best movies of 2008.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Million Dollar Movie Week 5 (2009) (TV Episode)
Contestant mentions that he was seeing the movie when he was notified of being chosen for the show
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.114 (2009) (TV Episode)
Included in a $100 question
A Serious Man (2009)
The law firm 'Tuckman Marsh' is used in both films (for divorce).
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Despicable Me/The Kids Are All Right (2010) (TV Episode)
Ellen mentions Tilda Swinton's role
TableTop: Fiasco, Part 1 (2012) (TV Episode)
Wil Wheaton mentions the movie was one of inspirations behind Fiasco.


Family Feud (1999) (TV Series)
Oswald is watching on TV

Featured in 

De wereld draait door: Episode #4.10 (2008) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
De wereld draait door: Episode #4.42 (2008) (TV Episode)
A fragment is shown.
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Nominee clips.
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Nominee clips.
The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2009) (TV Special)
Clips from the film are shown during the ceremony.
At the Movies: Episode #6.1 (2009) (TV Episode)
Clips shown when it is announced that this movie was No. 2 in a viewer's poll on the best movies of 2008.
Great Movie Mistakes (2010) (TV Movie)
Clips of mistakes shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The American/Going the Distance/Machete (2010) (TV Episode)
'George Clooney in 3 Minutes or Less' segment
Who the Hell Is Not George Clooney? (2011) (Short)
Clip shown
Bad Movie Beatdown: When in Rome (2011) (TV Episode)
Audience reaction
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.72 (2012) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Tilda Swinton films
WatchMojo: Top 10 Unexpected Movie Deaths (2013) (TV Episode)
The death of Chad Feldheimer is #6.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.177 (2013) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of John Malkovich films
WatchMojo: Yet Another Top 10 Hilarious Movie Deaths (2013) (TV Episode)
In the Closet is #7.
Nostalgia Critic: Is the Big Lebowski a Masterpiece? (2013) (TV Episode)
The Critic compares Big Lebowski to this movie
Tosh.0: Ben's Video Resume (2014) (TV Episode)
Clip shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Coen Brothers Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Burn After Reading gets an honorable mention.
Meet the Mormons (2014)
A clip is featured.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Memorable Hiding Places in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Closet gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Headshots in Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Chad Feldheimer is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Cheap Shots (2016) (TV Episode)
Bad Blackmail is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Comedic Performances by Serious Actors (2016) (TV Episode)
Brad Pitt as Chad Feldheimer is #10.


Being John Malkovich (1999)
When John Malkovich answers the phone call he asks who the hell it is and where he got the number.

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