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The Tailor of Panama (2001)

A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British Agent.

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Storyline

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 criminal past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The tailor also has a wife, who works for the canal administrator, and a huge debt. The spy's mission is to learn what the President intends to do with the Panama Canal, but he's really in business for himself, blackmailing the tailor into spinning a fantastic tale about the canal being sold to China and former mercenaries ready to topple the current government. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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spy | panama | tailor | canal | president | See All (126) »

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A first-class thriller from John Boorman - director EXCALIBUR and DELIVERANCE. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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

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30 March 2001 (USA)  »

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El sastre de Panamá  »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,837,068 (USA) (1 April 2001)

Gross:

$13,729,742 (USA) (3 July 2004)
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Director John Boorman said of actor Daniel Radcliffe around the time the movie was made and released: "He is a lively, bright kid with an instinctive feeling for the camera," he said upon hearing of the announcement. "His parents are very stable and supportive. If anyone can survive the hazards of being a child star, and still live a normal life in the world of muggles, he's the boy." See more »

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Savile Row, a street famous for its tailoring establishments in central London and mentioned many times in the film, is misspelled "Saville" on the computer screen that Osnard scans on the flight. 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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References Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) 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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