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The Tailor of Panama -- British intelligence recruits a well-connected tailor to serve as their man in Panama: he finds hislife destroyed when he unwittingly endangers his friends, family and adopted country when his fabricated intelligence leads to a U.S. invasion.
The Tailor of Panama -- A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.


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Writers (WGA):
John le Carré (novel)
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Release Date:
4 May 2001 (USA) See more »
In a place this treacherous, what a good spy needs is a spy of his own.
A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pierce Brosnan ... Andrew 'Andy' Osnard

Geoffrey Rush ... Harold 'Harry' Pendel

Jamie Lee Curtis ... Louisa Pendel

Leonor Varela ... Marta

Brendan Gleeson ... Michelangelo 'Mickie' Abraxas
Harold Pinter ... Uncle Benny

Catherine McCormack ... Francesca Deane

Daniel Radcliffe ... Mark Pendel
Lola Boorman ... Sarah Pendel

David Hayman ... Luxmore

Mark Margolis ... Rafi Domingo

Martin Ferrero ... Teddy, the Reporter

John Fortune ... Maltby

Martin Savage ... Stormont
Edgardo Molino ... Juan-David

Jon Polito ... Ramón Rudd, the Banker

Jonathan Hyde ... Cavendish

Dylan Baker ... General Dusenbaker
Paul Birchard ... Joe
Harry Ditson ... Elliot

Ken Jenkins ... Morecombe
Adolfo Arias Espinosa ... President
Juan Carlos Adames ... Marco
Luis Antonio Gotti ... Ernesto 'Ernie' Delgado (as Luis A. Goti)
Vladimir Vega ... Customer
Iris De Arco ... Palace Secretary
César Sanjur ... Angelo, the Manager
Heather Emmanuel ... Esmeralda
Diomara De Ruiz ... Mrs. Delgado

Doug Cockle ... Pentagon Aide
Patrick Poletti ... Officer #1

Andrew French ... Officer #2
Frank Melia ... Official #1
Lisa Dwan ... Stewardess
Paolo Tullio ... Panamanian Businessman
Siraj Zaidi ... Official #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Lamb ... Pentagon Aide (uncredited)
Luigi Lescure ... Parent Taking Child to School (uncredited)

Directed by
John Boorman 
Writing credits
John le Carré (novel "The Tailor of Panama")

Andrew Davies (screenplay) and
John le Carré (screenplay) and
John Boorman (screenplay)

Produced by
Kevan Barker .... co-producer
John Boorman .... producer
John le Carré .... executive producer
Original Music by
Shaun Davey 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
Film Editing by
Ron Davis 
Production Design by
Derek Wallace 
Art Direction by
Sarah Hauldren (supervising art director)
Irene O'Brien 
Lucinda Thomson  (as Lucinda Thompson)
Set Decoration by
Laura Bowe 
Costume Design by
Maeve Paterson  (as Maeve Patterson)
Makeup Department
Orla Carrol .... key hair stylist
Lynn Johnson .... makeup artist (as Lynn Johnston)
Tara McHugh .... assistant makeup artist
Maire O'Sullivan .... key makeup artist
Rick Provenzano .... hairdresser: Mr. Brosnan
Bron Roylance .... makeup artist: Mr. Brosnan
Deirdre Tormey .... assistant hairdresser
Production Management
Paul Barnes .... production manager: Ireland
David Byrne .... production manager: Panama
Howard Gibbins .... production manager: Ireland
Kevan Barker .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tommy Gormley .... first assistant director
Jose Jimenez .... second second assistant director
Anel E. Moreno .... assistant director
Sarah Purser .... second assistant director
Aoife Thunder .... third assistant director
Genevieve Whitfield .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
June Connon .... props
Neil Crawford .... rigger
Manus Daly .... supervising carpenter
Stephen Daly .... assistant art director
Alan Dunne .... stand-by props
Pascal Farrell .... assistant construction manager (as Paschal Farrell)
Paul Hedges .... property master
Shirley Henderson .... buyer
Sarah Kingston .... trainee prop buyer
Paul McDonnell .... special props
Owen Murnane .... master painter
Des O'Neill .... master plasterer
Laurence O'Toole .... scenic artist
José Tuñón .... construction buyer
Alexandra Walker .... draughtsman
David Wallace .... stand-by props
Dave Whelan .... construction manager
Sound Department
Mark Auguste .... sound editor
Sam Auguste .... assistant sound editor
Paul Byrne .... sound syncing
Alan Collins .... sound facility manager: ardmore sound
Brendan Deasy .... sound mixer
Joe Gilmore .... dialogue editor
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jenny Lee Wright .... foley artist (as Jenny Lee-Wright)
Anthony Litton .... foley editor
Steven McLoughlin .... sound trainee
Eddie Quinn .... boom operator
Fionn Seavers .... assistant sound editor
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Gerard Roche .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Clive Beard .... special effects supervisor
Jorge Cunningham .... effects assistant: Panama
Mick Doyle .... senior effects technician: Ireland
Maurice Foley .... special effects supervisor: Ireland
Lee Kennealy .... effects technician: Panana
Hiroko Ray Lay .... effects assistant: Panama
Alan Poole .... special effects technician: Panama
Pamela Poole .... effects coordinator: Panama
Peter Skehan .... special effects technician: Panama
Brendan Walsh .... special effects technician: Ireland (as Brendan Walshe)
Visual Effects by
Robin Aristorenas .... computer animator & modeler: Double Negative
Richard Bain .... compositor: Double Negative
Adrian Banton .... compositor: Double Negative
Pete Bebb .... computer animator & modeler: Double Negative (as Peter Bebb)
Jim Bowers .... computer animator & modeler: Double Negative
Richard Briscoe .... compositor: Double Negative
Peter Chiang .... visual effects supervisor
Frazer Churchill .... digital supervisor: Double Negative
Wayde Duncan-Smith .... computer animator & modeler: Double Negative
Emily Edwards .... visual effects producer: Double Negative
John Hardwick .... compositor: Double Negative
Elie Jamaa .... computer animator & modeler: Double Negative
Jody Johnson .... compositor: Double Negative
Jesper Kjölsrud .... computer animator & modeler: Double Negative
Rogan Macdonald .... visual effects artist
Dolores McGinley .... digital artist
John Moffatt .... compositor: Double Negative
Charlie Noble .... compositor: Double Negative
Paul Riddle .... compositor: Double Negative
Simon Terry .... compositor: Double Negative
Craig Chandler .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Paul J. Franklin .... visual effects animator: Double Negative (uncredited)
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: Double Negative (uncredited)
Steve MacPherson .... technical operations manager: Double Negative (uncredited)
Jonathan Fildes .... precision driver
Ken Fildes .... precision driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Byrne .... video assistant
Xiomara Comrie .... clapper loader
John Conroy .... focus puller
Louis Conroy .... chief lighting technician
Neil Crawford .... rigger
Neil Cullen .... rigging gaffer
Marcele de León .... video assistant
Gerard Donnelly .... best boy (as Gerald Donnelly)
Richie Egan .... second grip (as Richard Egan)
Jimmy Hennessy .... head rigger (as James Hennessy)
Jonathan Hession .... still photographer
Roger Kenney .... camera trainee (as Roger Kenny)
John Murphy .... key grip
Philip Murphy .... second grip
Michael J. Walsh .... electrician
Des Whelan .... camera operator "a" camera
Stewart Whelan .... clapper loader (as Stewart A. Whelan)
Vince McGahon .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
John Trapman .... aerial director of photography (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mary Gail Artz .... casting: USA
Barbara Cohen .... casting: USA
Jina Jay .... casting: U.K.
Shaheen Baig .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Graham .... wardrobe assistant
Mark Holmes .... wardrobe master
Susan O'Connor Cave .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Sandra Campbell .... post-production coordinator
Simon Davis .... assistant editor
Bob Robinson .... assistant editor
Fionn Seavers .... assistant editor
John Stanborough .... color timer
Gerard Ward .... telecine colorist: dailies
Sylvia Wheeler .... negative cutter
Music Department
Sarah Burn .... copyist
Shaun Davey .... orchestrator
Noel Eccles .... musician: percussion soloist
Víctor Heredia .... composer: song "Todavia Cantamos"
Kieran Lynch .... assistant music engineer
Brian Masterson .... music recording engineer
Des Moore .... musician: guitar soloist
Dino Nugent .... music consultant: Panama
Nic Raine .... orchestrator
Fiachra Trench .... conductor
Transportation Department
Stephen Carroll .... action vehicle coordinator
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain
Guillermo Guinlan .... driver
Matt Kelly .... transportation captain
Vince Pecora .... transportation assistant (as Vincent Pecora)
Other crew
Adolfo Alvarez-Calderon .... location manager
Orla Collins .... payroll accountant
Con Cremins .... production accountant
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist
Raisa De Alba .... production assistant (as Raisa de Alba)
Sandra L. Dixon .... second assistant accountant: Panama (as Sandra Dixon)
Emer Egan .... second assistant accountant
Mauri Freed .... assistant to production manager
Sonya Gildea .... assistant to producer/director (as Sonya Supple)
Jim Hanna .... catering
Peter Marinker .... dialogue coach
Stephen McGillen .... assistant accountant
John McKenna .... chief armorer
Oonagh McMorrow .... assistant production coordinator
Niamh O'Dea .... production coordinator
Rob Partridge .... armourer
Laerke Sigfred Pedersen .... script supervisor
Mary Sunshine .... production accountant
Clodagh Tierney .... location scout
Julian Valdes .... assistant location manager
Jean Wainwright .... assistant production accountant
Luca Ward .... voice dubbing: Pierce Brosnan
Tommy G. Warren .... source: photos (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some violence
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Geoffrey Rush could not drive a car so for all the scenes where Harry is seen driving, the car is either being pushed, towed, it's a double of Rush, or they're using background plates.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
[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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Movie Connections:
References Casablanca (1942)See more »
Mickie's StreetSee more »


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24 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
How nice to see Pierce Brosnan as a rotter., 27 March 2001
Author: Victoria Jane Joyce ( from San Francisco

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.

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