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The Tailor of Panama (2001)

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

Director:

John Boorman

Writers:

John le Carré (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Osnard
Geoffrey Rush ... Harry
Jamie Lee Curtis ... Louisa
Leonor Varela ... Marta
Brendan Gleeson ... Mickie Abraxas
Harold Pinter ... Uncle Benny
Catherine McCormack ... Francesca
Daniel Radcliffe ... Mark
Lola Boorman Lola Boorman ... Sarah
David Hayman ... Luxmore
Mark Margolis ... Rafi Domingo
Martin Ferrero ... Teddy
John Fortune ... Maltby
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Stormont
Edgardo Molino Edgardo Molino ... Juan-David
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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El sastre de Panamá See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,837,068, 1 April 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,729,742, 3 July 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,278,720, 3 July 2004
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SDDS | Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jamie Lee Curtis said of the film's rehearsals period: "Pierce Brosnan and I are more instinctual actors; we've both done work where you are left on your own to get on with things. John Boorman and Geoffrey Rush have an intellectual approach to the rehearsal process, and I found I had an emotional curiosity about it. I found it very interesting to be in a room talking about it as intensely as John and Geoffrey were doing. I thought, 'OK, I can go there'." See more »

Goofs

When Harry the tailor visits the president for a fitting, the president is a man. But during the transfer of the Panama Canal in 1999 to 2004, the president of Panama was Mireya Moscoso - a woman. 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 Dr. No (1962) See more »

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Carnaval Dance
Written by Jorge Manuel
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The Best Film of 2001 yet...
14 April 2001 | by Lestat65See all my reviews

Dumb. Stupid. Requires short attention span. I'm not talking about the movie, but rather the people who have critically lambasted this intelligent, stylish adaptation of John Le Carre's novel. Kudos to John Boorman, Pierce Bronsnan, Geoffrey Rush and a stellar cast. If you looking for an alternative to braindead blockbusters and regurgitated teenage comedies, then you've stumbled upon the right film. Imagine the complete antithesis of James Bond, a man who puts self before king and country, and loves them and leaves them with relish - enter Brosnan's Andy Osnard. Sit back and watch with sheer delight as this corrupt British spook pulls the strings that sets the U.S. on course for a second invasion of Panama. Misinformation is the game, and Osnard is planning to get rich on it. His pawn is the tailor of the title, Harry Pendel (brilliantly played by Geoffrey Rush). The film moves a snappy pace, the dialogue is witty and often times hilarious, and the cinematography, music and editing are all first rate. Who cares if two shots of a jet in the air scream bad CGI? That's not what this film is about. We're talking intelligent plotting, great writing, excellent acting, and another sexy, devilish turn for Brosnan that is slightly reminiscent of his Thomas Crown character. Brosnan, in my opinion, always fares best when he's playing against Bond type -- and here he excels. DO NOT listen to the naysayers on this one -- unless GODZILLA or ARMAGGEDON are your favorite movies. If you appreciate the dense, textured films of the late 60's-early 70's, then this one is for you. They sure don't make them like this anymore and you wouldn't know that they had with regard to Tailor, since Columbia's flying this one way under the radar. As always, they must be figuring that it'll play to the over 35 demo, so why even bother promoting it. Sad times these are, folks, when a first rate entertainment like this is ignored at the box office, and ignored by its own distributors. But there's always another Scream, American Pie and Halloween around the corner, so viva la cinema. Highest rating.


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