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Pierce Brosnan and Jamie Lee Curtis in The Tailor of Panama

Pierce Brosnan and Jamie Lee Curtis in The Tailor of Panama

 

 

 

Between Bond movies The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day, busy Pierce Brosnan managed to fit in two other projects. One of them was this adaptation of a John Le Carre story about a downmarket spy (Brosnan) in Central America who uses a sweatily nervous tailor (the unimpeachable Geoffrey Rush) to gain access to the local generals, his object: to sell them all manner of dodgy information designed to destabilise the country. It may say Le Carre on the tin but there’s the definite feeling we’re in Graham Greene country here, the atmopshere of mosquito netting, insanitary plumbing and lousy tea all being typical Greene touches. Adding suitably weird supporting performances are Harold Pinter as Rush’s dear old Jewish dad and Brendan Gleason as a Panamanian freedom fighter. These are both somewhat left-field bits of casting but they’re typical of the nutty casualness that pervades the whole film. Look at Jamie Lee Curtis – dragged in as love interest and then almost dismissively underused. Not to mention Brosnan, who is pretty much going at it like OO3.5. It’s all about deception, of course, and director John Boorman lays on the deliberate double-bluffs, intrigueful atmosphere and even conversations with dead people to confuse the viewer into not knowing what’s what, in an attempt to give us some idea of what Brosnan is doing to the generalissimos. Definitely one for people who enjoy being toyed with. And yes, it was shot in Panama.

© Steve Morrissey 2013

 

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The Tailor of Panama (2001)
Run time: 109 min
Rating: 6.1
Genres: Drama | Thriller
Director: John Boorman
Writers: John le Carré, Andrew Davies
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis
Trivia: A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.
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 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>
Plot Keywords: panama, spy, tailor, president, ambassador
Box Office Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: £285,368 (UK) (20 April 2001)
Gross: $13,491,653 (USA) (6 July 2001)