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The Tailor of Panama (2001)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  30 March 2001 (USA)
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A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.

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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 nefarious past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The tailor also has a wife, who works for the Panamanian president and a huge debt. The mission is to learn what the President intends to do with the Panama Canal. But what the two do is concoct a tremendous fictional tale about former mercenaries who are ready to topple the current government and are willing to work with Britain and the US to do so. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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panama | spy | tailor | president | ambassador | See more »

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

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

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30 March 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£285,368 (UK) (20 April 2001)

Gross:

$13,491,653 (USA) (6 July 2001)
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The part of Sarah Pendel is played by Lola Boorman, director John Boorman's daughter. See more »

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When Andy's car gets stuck in thick black mud, he knocks Harry down. But when Harry arrives home, he has only a minor orange stain on one knee. 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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Let's Face the Music and Dance
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Caetano Veloso
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Undecisive mix of different genres
8 June 2001 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

After seeing this movie I left the theater with a strange feeling. There are a good story and some nice ideas from the directional side. Geoffrey Rush is excellent as usual and I loved to see Brosnan in his anti-role as an evil spy. Nevertheless I didn't like the movie too much. Its big problem is its undecisiveness. In the beginning it seems to be an espionage thriller but there is no thrill. There are some small historical aspects and political statements but there are too few to make an impression. It's too shallow as a family drama and there are not enough jokes to make you laugh for 2 hours. Later on it seems to be a satire on the whole espionage business (these are the best scenes of the movie). Unfortunately the movie develops the satirical potential of the story too late. When it starts getting interesting the movie is over.

A waste of a good story and cast. 5/10

Oh ... and go see it in OV. Beware the awful german dubbing.


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