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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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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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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$13,729,742 (USA) (3 July 2004)
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Naomie Harris, who played Miss Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond film franchise, became the sixth major actor or actress, who has starred in motion pictures based on works of John le Carré and Ian Fleming, both famous spy novelists. Harris' role as Gail Perkins in Our Kind of Traitor (2016), follows her two previous appearances in Bond movies, in Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). Pierce Brosnan and Sir Sean Connery previously portrayed James Bond on-screen, and have starred in le Carré filmed adaptations, they being this movie and The Russia House (1990), respectively, the latter which has a title that evokes Fleming's From Russia with Love (1963), which starred Connery as Bond. Of Connery's 007 Bond films, his one unofficial Bond movie, Never Say Never Again (1983), co-starred Klaus Maria Brandauer, who also appeared in The Russia House (1990). Connery and Brandauer have starred in the same two Bond and le Carré spy movies. Also, Harris and Brosnan appeared in After the Sunset (2004). The first actor to portray "M" in the Bond films, Bernard Lee, was the first actor ever to do Bond and le Carré. Lee appeared as Patmore in le Carré's The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), which was the first filmed adaptation of a le Carré novel. The le Carré film The Constant Gardener (2005), starred Ralph Fiennes, who played Justin Quayle, and has portrayed the Bond series' new "M" character, "Gareth Mallory" in Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), as has Harris played Miss Moneypenny in the two. Rachel Weisz, the wife of James Bond actor Daniel Craig, previously starred as Tessa Quayle in The Constant Gardener (2005), for which she won a Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award, with Wiesz and Fiennes playing husband and wife in that movie. See more »

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In the high level intelligence briefing scene, the ribbons on General Dusenbaker's (Dylan Baker) uniform are displayed incorrectly. 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 GoldenEye (1995) See more »

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Todavía Cantamos
Written by Víctor Heredia
Performed by Rita Connolly
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Exciting and Cynical, LeCarre at His Best
2 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are no heroes or villains in "The Tailor of Panama," only exploiters and victims. Some may be turned off by the cynical tone of the film. For example, Andy Osnard, the British secret agent, played by Pierce Brosnan (who else?) is a scheming sociopath, not a patriotic hero. The title character, Harry Pendel, played by Geoffrey Rush, is a liar and an ex-convict. Don't be put off by these flawed characters, though. In the great tradition of John LeCarre's characters, these devious, selfish people are endlessly interesting -- and believable. I suspect that those who did not like this film reacted as they did because of a lack of heroes and because the outcome of the machinations it depicts are sadly grotesque. Nevertheless, this is the thinking person's spy movie. Highly recommended, 8 out of 10.


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