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The Tailor of Panama (2001)

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

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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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spy | panama | tailor | canal | president | See All (126) »

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In a place this treacherous, what a good spy needs is a spy of his own. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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30 March 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sastre de Panamá  »

Box Office

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,837,068 (USA) (1 April 2001)

Gross:

$13,729,742 (USA) (3 July 2004)
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To research the film's source novel of the same name, "The Tailor of Panama" (1996), author John le Carré visited the Republic of Panama on five separate occasions. See more »

Goofs

Harry the tailor mispronounces a common term of his trade, "worsted". He pronounces it phonetically, but at least in British English it is correctly pronounced "woosted" with the "oo" as in "good". 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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Connections

References Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) See more »

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Written and Performed by Ventura Dríguez
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Excellent satire of the intelligence business, told with a straight face
21 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

It's too bad about the low IMDB rating for this movie. It is a deft blend of James Bond, Casablanca and Dr Strangelove which directs its often vicious tongue-in-cheek barbs at both the intelligence industry and the spy films which glorify it. While it can be enjoyed "straight", that is as a story in its own right, I think those who miss its satirical structure (the film doesn't directly let the audience in on the joke - it must be inferred), miss half the fun.


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