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The Tailor of Panama (2001)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 4 May 2001 (USA)
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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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In a place this treacherous, what a good spy needs is a spy of his own.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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4 May 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El sastre de Panamá  »

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,837,068 (USA) (30 March 2001)

Gross:

$13,491,653 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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Trivia

One of few major Western productions to shoot exclusively in Panama (except for the interiors shot in Ireland's Ardmore Studios). What movies had shot there in the past had predominantly filmed in the Panama Canal region or Panama was one of a group of international filming locations. At the time, Panama had been mostly used for television and documentaries. The Naked and the Dead (1958) was one earlier picture that filmed exclusively in Panama. See more »

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In the high level intelligence briefing scene, the ribbons on General Dusenbaker's (Dylan Baker) uniform are displayed incorrectly. 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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Spoofs Casablanca (1942) See more »

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El Pretexto y la Dispensa
Written by Rómulo Castro
Performed by Germán "Chispa" Lawson
Courtesy of Kiwi Records Inc.
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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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