Tailor of Panama

Directed By: John Boorman Starring: Pierce Brosnan Geoffrey Rush

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Product Overview

Based on the 1996 novel, this a mixture of thriller and black comedy. Harry pendel is the tailor to the powerful of panama. Harry is known for his storytelling and suits, but soon his tales carry lethal repercussions. Harry spins a yarn that is not only taken as truth, but sets off a chain of events.


Studio Sony
SKU 40157960
UPC 043396063952
UPC 14 00043396063952
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2007
Rating Rating
Black Comedy
Conspiracy Theories
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Pierce Brosnan stars as the anti-Bond in maverick director John Boorman's adaptation of legendary spy novelist John le Carre's seamy tour of post-Noriega Panama. A British intelligence agent whose taste for gambling and other men's wives has put him on the wrong side of his bosses at MI6, Andy Osnard (Brosnan) is posted to the backwater of Panama to atone for his sins. To that end, he recruits upscale tailor Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush), leveraging the man's financial problems and questionable past to gain access to information about the activities of his elite clientele. Meanwhile, Osnard remains true to form, recruiting the personal services of lovely embassy official Francesca (Catherine McCormack), and attempting the same with Harry's wife, Louisa (Jamie Lee Curtis). When Harry's best friend Micki (Brendan Gleeson), a former member of the anti-Noriega underground, now a broken man, begins blustering about politics in front of Osnard, both of these con men begin to see him as the solution to their problems. The mundane tragedy of espionage familiar to le Carre's Cold Warriors has been replaced by farce with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Boorman creates an atmosphere redolent with U.S.-abetted corruption in this well written and acted film, which also features playwright Harold Pinter in a cameo role.
USA Today "...Brosnan and Rush are a smooth fit, playing off each other like a snappy shirt and tie..." -- 3 out of 4 stars 03/30/2001 p.E4
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] masterful, eccentrically bespoke of adaptation....The mohair-and-silk blend of Rush and Brosnan, Boorman and le Carre feels good, luxe, exciting..." 04/06/2001 p.85-6
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Unique and fascinating....Boorman does a fine job of capturing a chaotic, slightly sinister tropical atmosphere, and he draws excellent performances..." 05/01/2001 p.30-1
Rolling Stone "...A hypnotic film that stays resonantly humane even as Boorman skewers British and American diplomacy with martini-dry wit..." 04/12/2001 p.146
Total Film "...Directed by the inestimable John Boorman, and with a classy cast....Rush delivers] yet another subtly charismatic turn..." 05/01/2001 p.96
Box Office "...Very amusing....[Brosnan and Rush are] hilarious, both apart and together..." 06/01/2001 p.61
Los Angeles Times "...TAILOR benefits from delicious acting....[Boorman] brings intelligence, verve, a sense of fun and a clear lack of sentiment to material that benefits from all of the above..." 03/30/2001 p.2
Chicago Sun-Times "...The movie plays as a joy for lovers of well-written, carefully crafted character thrillers. It has a lot of wry, twisted humor..." 03/30/2001 p.31
John Boorman
Pierce Brosnan
Geoffrey Rush
Cast & Crew
Pierce Brosnan - Star
Dylan Baker - Star
David Hayman - Star
Jamie Lee Curtis - Star
Geoffrey Rush - Star
Catherine McCormack - Star
Leonor Valera - Star
Brendan Gleeson - Star
Harold Pinter - Star
Derek Wallace - Production Designer
Andrew Davies - Screenwriter
John Boorman - Screenwriter
Ron Davis - Editor
Phillippe Rousselot - Director of Photography
John Le Carré - Source Writer
John Boorman - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 06935
UPC 00043396063952
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English
Ebert & Roeper And The Movies Two thumbs up!
National News Syndicate A mind-blowing spy chase!

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