6.1/10
23,682
213 user 104 critic

The Tailor of Panama (2001)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 4 May 2001 (USA)
Trailer
1:58 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
4,780 ( 226)
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.

Director: John McTiernan
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary
The Matador (2005)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A globetrotting hitman and a crestfallen businessman meet in a hotel bar in Mexico City in an encounter that draws them together in a way neither expected.

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Hope Davis
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the FBI agent who promised he'd capture him is about to do just that.

Director: Brett Ratner
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek, Woody Harrelson
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.

Director: Fernando Meirelles
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé
December Boys (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family.

Director: Rod Hardy
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer, Lee Cormie
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Amidst a sea of litigation, two New York City divorce lawyers find love.

Director: Peter Howitt
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Julianne Moore, Parker Posey
David Copperfield (TV Mini-Series 1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Charles Dickens' haunting semi-autobiographical tale of a boy who is sent away by his stepfather after his mother dies but manages to triumph over incredible adversities.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Trevor Eve, Michael Elphick
Grey Owl (1999)
Biography | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper-turned-conservationist who claimed to be an aboriginal North American.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Stewart Bick, Vlasta Vrana
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After a chance encounter, a Dubliner (Gleeson) is stalked by a murderous facsimile of himself.

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Kim Cattrall, Ciarán Hinds
Evelyn (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children,... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn
Dante's Peak (1997)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town recently named the second most desirable place to live in America and discovers that the long dormant volcano, Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Renée Smith
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Marta
...
...
Uncle Benny
...
Francesca Deane
...
Lola Boorman ...
Sarah Pendel
...
Luxmore
...
Rafi Domingo
...
Teddy, the Reporter
...
Maltby
Martin Savage ...
Stormont
Edgardo Molino ...
Juan-David
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

4 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sastre de Panamá  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,837,068 (USA) (30 March 2001)

Gross:

$13,491,653 (USA) (6 July 2001)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie was made and first released about five years after its source novel of the same name by John le Carré was first published in 1996. See more »

Goofs

When Andy's car gets stuck in thick black mud, he knocks Harry down. But when Harry arrives home, he has only a minor orange stain on one knee. 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.
See more »

Connections

References The World Is Not Enough (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Face the Music and Dance
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Caetano Veloso
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

How nice to see Pierce Brosnan as a rotter.
27 March 2001 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

How nice to see Pierce Brosnan as a rotter. Without the man-tan make up, you can actually see his freckles.

A co-production of the Irish government and Columbia Pictures, The Tailor of Panama is an old-fashioned British espionage film that is Euro-light on the violence and silhouette-discreet on the sex. No skitzy MTV editing and no hip hop trendy hits. Which may be heaven for some and limbo for others.

Starring along with the current James Bond is Geoffrey Rush and Jamie Lee Curtis. Pierce is still handsome as hell and he's still a spy. This time he's been exiled to Central America to cool his heels. Overly ambitious, he latches on to local tailor to the rich and powerful and starts to squeeze him for information becoming more ruthless and despicable with every turn. The colorful Rush obliges him with making stuff up and this leads to all kinds of intrigue. Jamie Lee reprises her wife-who-doesn't-know-her-husband-is-a-spy role that she did in True Lies, but without the little black dress. The humor is very dark and very British. The plot is reminiscent of the 1960 Alec Guinness-Ernie Kovacs gem, Our Man in Havana, an early spoof of the Bond saga.

Tailor is taken from the '96 Le Carré novel of the same name. John the spymaster shares screenplay credit along with Andrew Davies and the veddy British director John Boorman, most famous for Deliverance. Yes, this is the man responsible for Dueling Banjos. Receiving Acad noms for directing Hope and Glory and the Banjo movie, he also has a producing credit here.

This is the first film done on location in Panama so the look is fresh and it's beautifully shot by veteran, Phillipe Rousselot who is currently working on Planet of the Apes.

This film is getting almost no hype and no promotion. Again, it's very low key with no gunfire, car chases or blood. The politics of Panama are in the forefront with more than one reference to the 'Frankenstein' Noriega and how he was set him up by CIA Head, George the First, Bush that is. Ah hem.

There are some splendid character actors in the supporting cast like John Polito of TV's Homicide and Martin Ferraro of TV's Miami Vice. Playwright Harold Pinter is in the strangest cameo role you may see this year. Scoop du Jour: in the role of the Tailor's son, we get a look and the kid who will star in the Harry Potter film, Daniel Radcliffe.

There is some stock footage of the political unrest and references to the thoroughly corrupt Central American government with lines from the Tailor like, 'you know what the poor call those?' pointing to the city's skyline, 'Cocaine towers! And the 85 banks? Launderettes!' You can easily understand why the media isn't getting behind this thing. But then again Traffic didn't win best picture, Gladiator did.


25 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is this an unnofficial Bond movie? jlech
What a mess. jjb-9
I havent watch the movie yet is it worth watching ?? ahmet_cihanoglu
Does Daniel Radcliffe have an accent? Llamaa
Geoffrey Rush? jimbobrown-1
Jaime Lee Curtis bri-man
Discuss The Tailor of Panama (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?