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The Tailor of Panama (2001)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  30 March 2001 (USA)
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A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.

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John LeCarre's spy thriller is brought to the big screen. A British spy is banished to Panama after having an affair with an ambassador's mistress. Once there he makes connection with a local tailor with a nefarious past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The tailor also has a wife, who works for the Panamanian president and a huge debt. The mission is to learn what the President intends to do with the Panama Canal. But what the two do is concoct a tremendous fictional tale about former mercenaries who are ready to topple the current government and are willing to work with Britain and the US to do so. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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panama | spy | tailor | president | canal | See All (130) »

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In a place this treacherous, what a good spy needs is a spy of his own.

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sastre de Panamá  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£285,368 (UK) (20 April 2001)

Gross:

$13,491,653 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Trivia

The name of Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush)'s tailoring company was 'Pendel and Braithwaite'. See more »

Goofs

Harry the tailor mispronounces a common term of his trade, "worsted". He pronounces it phonetically, but at least in British English it is correctly pronounced "woosted" with the "oo" as in "good". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
MI.6 Handler: Panama.
Andrew 'Andy' Osnard: Panama?
MI.6 Handler: Best I could do Andrew. Under the circumstances, given your sins. They were baying for blood.
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Featured in The Perfect Fit (2001) See more »

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El Pretexto y la Dispensa
Written by Rómulo Castro
Performed by Germán "Chispa" Lawson
Courtesy of Kiwi Records Inc.
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Geoffrey Rush does it again
16 December 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This brilliant actor is so reminiscent of Alec Guiness, sinking into his roles so well and in this movie merging with the character, every inch the fawning fussy tailor with other agendas on the side and a secret past. I do not care for Jamie Lee Curtis's performances normally, I find her brittle with no depth, but here she shines with a light sense of humour and a feminist conscience and fidelity that brings a true authenticity to the role. the marriage portrayed here is highly believable, lots of lovely nuances and the tailor himself fussilly tending to braiding his daughter's hair and making sure the children get to school on time. Enter Pierce Brosnan who portrays an appalling cad here. You can tell he relishes the chance to play a true unsophisticate, preying on any woman who crosses his path. I will not give away the plot which spins very much like "Our Man in Havana" another wonderful movie. some of the roles were prettied up for Hollywoodland, Marta was more tragic and mute than she needed to be, Jamie Lee far too soignee and elegant. All in all a 7 out of 10. John Boorman never lets me down.


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