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The Tiger's Tail (2006)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam O'Leary / The Double
Jane O'Leary
Father Andy
Oona O'Leary
Declan Murray
Connor O'Leary
Ruth McCabe ...
Large Woman
Jim Brady - The Banker
Moira Deady ...
Maeve - Liam's Mother
Dr. Alex Loden
Male Nurse (as Michael FitzGerald)
Denis Conway ...
Bertie Brennan


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

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hospital | truth | rifle | toilet | capitalism | See more »


When your past is a lie... and your future is not your own

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Rated R for a scene of sexuality, and brief drug content | See all certifications »





Release Date:

10 November 2006 (Ireland)  »

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"The Tiger's Tail" refers to the "Celtic Tiger" economic boom that Ireland experienced from 1995 to 2008 (Ireland was said to officially be in recession as of June 24th 2008). See more »


In the scene where Liam pulls up at Oona's house, his car is a 03 Golf with wheel trims. When they are taking Conor to the hospital a side shot of the car is shown which clearly shows the car with alloy wheels. The number plate on the car 03-D-55897 is the same in both shots. See more »


Liam O'Leary: You fired a shotgun at me, that wasn't very brotherly was it?
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Credits role over Liam's boat sailing out of the harbor into the horizon See more »

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Boring, boring ,boring, dull, dull, dull
10 June 2007 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews


Sadly, "The Tiger's Tail" is rubbish, and a major disappointment, because John Boorman is a great director who has made some great films. You know what I'm talking about. "Point Blank", "Deliverance", "Excalibur", "The General", "The Tailor Of Panama", "Beyond Rangoon", "The Emerald Forest". You can look up the others for yourselves.

Brenda Gleeson plays Liam O'Leary, a Dublin property developer, who's life gets changed completely when he finds himself being stalked by a doppelganger.

I have no idea what happened here, but "The Tiger's Tail" is a complete misfire and a total waste of an interesting actor in Brendan Gleeson. It fails completely as a drama and/or a black comedy, chiefly because it is not dramatic enough and it is not funny enough. I can suspend belief as well as the next man, but I didn't believe a word of "The Tiger's Tail".

And the cardinal sin? "The Tiger's Tail" is boring, boring, boring, dull, dull, dull. Maybe I'm missing the subtext somewhere. I'm not too clever.

Such a shame. Onto the next one, Mister Boorman.

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