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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 »
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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

Women have been MI.6. agent Andy Osnard's weakness. As punishment for being caught sleeping with the wrong woman on his last posting in Spain, Andy is relegated to the global backwater of Panama as his next field assignment. Although nothing is happening there on the surface, Panama is still seen as having global importance due to the canal, with something always possible to rock the boat as seen by the recent history of the corrupt regime of Manuel Noriega. The advice of his superior is to co-opt one of the only few hundred British nationals living there to act as an informant for pay. Who Andy chooses is Harry Pendel, a men's suits tailor with Savile Row credentials through his now deceased business partner Arthur Braithwaite. This choice is because of Harry's client list, he the tailor to the elite and powerful, including the Panamanian president, who may treat him like the proverbial "bartender" or "hairdresser" confidante, and because his American wife, Louisa, works in a senior ... Written by Huggo

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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Harold Pinter: The famous writer as Uncle Benny. See more »

Goofs

When the salsa band is first seen playing on the waterfront, a man is singing, but none of the male band members' mouths is moving. 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 Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Two Oceans Salsa
Written and Performed by Dino Nugent
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The most terrific mixing pot of talent I have ever seen.
20 April 2003 | by the_panamanianSee all my reviews

The combined efforts of Geoffrey Rush's and Pierce Brosnan's acting ability, combined with John Boorman's directing skill, and John Le Carre's frightening talent as a writer of spy fiction, make The Tailor Of Panama one of the best of all time, and the best of this century.

Harry Pendel(Geoffrey Rush), tailor to royalty, is one of many members of Panamanian High Society, and a proud partner of Pendel & Braithwate. Atleast, that is the man his friends know. Harry is actually the nephew of a British tailor, a former prisoner thanks to his Uncle Benny's insurance scam, thousands of dollars in debt, and, against his will, a Spy for Her Majesty. Andrew Osnard(Pierce Brosnan), is MI6's man in Panama, and the delivery boy of the death of Harry's well lived lie.

In exchange for the money harry has to provide information. Unfortunately the old promises of drunken, one-time revolutionaries just isn't enough. So using his inherited "Fluency" and his "Rock of Eye", as his Uncle Benny put it, he creates a stream of lies, but the boys back home buy it, and Harry has to choose between Panama, or his good name.

Also starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and the lawyer off of Jurassic Park, this movie is a modern classic, both in print and on film. WATCH IT!!!!!!


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