The Tailor of Panama (2001)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Pierce Brosnan Andrew 'Andy' Osnard
Geoffrey Rush Harold 'Harry' Pendel
Jamie Lee Curtis Louisa Pendel
Leonor Varela Marta
Brendan Gleeson Michelangelo 'Mickie' Abraxas
Harold Pinter Uncle Benny
Catherine McCormack Francesca Deane
Daniel Radcliffe Mark Pendel
Lola Boorman Sarah Pendel
David Hayman Luxmore
Mark Margolis Rafi Domingo
Martin Ferrero Teddy, A Reporter
John Fortune Maltby
Martin Savage Stormont
Edgardo Molino Juan-David
Jon Polito Ramón Rudd, The Banker
Jonathan Hyde Cavendish
Dylan Baker Gen. Dusenbaker
Paul Birchard Joe
Harry Ditson Elliot
Ken Jenkins Morecombe
Adolfo Arias Espinosa President
Juan Carlos Adames Marco
Luis Antonio Gotti Ernesto 'Ernie' Delgado (as Luis A. Goti)
Vladimir Vega Customer
Iris De Arco Palace Secretary
César Sanjur Angelo the Manager
Heather Emmanuel Esmeralda
Diomara De Ruiz Mrs. Delgado
Doug Cockle Pentagon Aide
Patrick Poletti Officer 1
Andrew French Officer 2
Frank Melia 1st Official
Lisa Dwan Stewardess
Paolo Tullio Panamanian Businessman
Siraj Zaidi 2nd Official
Movie Details
Genre Comedy; Drama; Thriller
Director John Boorman
Producer John Boorman; Charley Boorman; Andrew Davis; John Le Carre
Writer John Le Carré; Andrew Davies; John Boorman; Andrew Davis; John Le Carre
Studio Columbia / TriStar
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 109 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Tailors are the secret-keepers of the power elite; customize fine apparel for the rich and powerful, and you'll hear things only whispered in the halls of government. Such is the sly conceit of The Tailor of Panama, coadapted by John le Carré from his own novel, and directed by John Boorman with a delicious spin on the traditions of the spy genre. As British MI-6 agent Andy Osnard, Pierce Brosnan qualifies as James Bond's black-sheep sibling, viewing women only in terms of sexual conquest and conducting spy business by his own flexible set of rules. Banished to Panama to pay for recent indiscretions, Andy connects with Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush), a British ex-convict who's built a lucrative cover as tailor to Panama's highest officials. With the coveted Panama canal now under local control, Andy's arrived to see what Harry knows about the canal's pending multinational sale.

As Andy observes, Panama is "Casablanca without heroes," and that's precisely how Boorman depicts it: a melting pot of greed, ambition, and backroom maneuvering, where Andy can bed an embassy official (Catherine McCormack) while squeezing information from Harry, who concocts a phony "silent opposition" that puts British and American forces on full alert. Harry's wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) is pulled into the scenario by Andy's ruthless scheming, and The Tailor of Panama reveals how a simple fabrication can provoke trigger-happy forces around the globe. Part comedy and part political horror thriller--with a tragic supporting role for Brendan Gleason, from Boorman's The General--this is old-fashioned spy stuff made new by le Carré's inventive plotting and keen ear for the dialogue of rogues. --Jeff Shannon

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 150
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 043396063952
Chapters 28
Release Date 2003
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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