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The Tailor Of Panama [DVD] [2001]


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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Jamie Lee Curtis, Leonor Varela, Brendan Gleeson
  • Directors: John Boorman
  • Writers: John Boorman, John le Carré, Andrew Davies
  • Producers: John Boorman, John le Carré, Kevan Barker
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Turkish, Polish, Danish, Czech, Swedish, Hungarian, Finnish, Icelandic, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian, Hebrew, Arabic, Dutch, Bulgarian, Croatian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2004
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005N9FZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,678 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

The Perfect Fit: A conversation with Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush
Featurette
Alternate Ending

Director's Commentary
Filmographies
Theatrical Trailer

Dolby Digital 5.1
Language English
Subtitles: English, Turkish, Polish, Danish, Czech, Swedish, Hungarian, Finnish, Icelandic, Greek, Hindi, Norwegian, Hebrew, Arabic, Dutch, Bulgarian, Croatian
Widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio

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The sly conceit at the heart of The Tailor of Panama is that tailors are the secret-keepers of the power elite: customise fine apparel for the rich and powerful, and you'll hear things only whispered in the halls of government. The film was co-adapted by John le Carré from his own novel, and directed by John Boorman with a delicious spin on the traditions of the spy genre. Pierce Brosnan qualifies as James Bond's black-sheep sibling as British MI6 agent Andy Osnard, 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 manoeuvring, 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 leCarré's inventive plotting and keen ear for the dialogue of rogues. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mis R. L. Pearson on 19 Mar 2007
Format: VHS Tape
Can't add very much to what other reviewers have said, apart from the strange person who thought Geoffrey Rush was miscast; one could not think of a better Harry Pendle! The whole thing is a darkly comic expose of what becomes those, who indulge in power, corruption and lies. Pierce Brosnan is an even better villain than he was a James Bond and here, he definitely enjoys his finest hour. I agree that Jamie Lee Curtis's role could have been played by just about any half decent actress, but maybe she needed the work and the producer needed a name to help with fund raising, so who really cares. She brings to the role, exactly what it requires, that of a sound, supporting actress. As hinted at before, Geoffrey Rush is simply brilliant as the overtly London Jewish, Tailor of Panama; a man who has dreams, but is hopelessly out of his depth. Despite all his failings you cannot help but love Harry Pendle and wish that his was not a dying breed. The film is tense, sinister and contains many a twist and a turn and it gets better every time I watch it. Highly recommended
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 2006
Format: DVD
The Tailor of Panama is a wonderful darkly comic thriller. It really is enjoyable. Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush are superbly cast and really drive the film, though the other actors involved have little to do (John Fortune has an enjoyable small part) and Jamie Lee Curtis, I feel, is miscast. The first hour is a slow burner building the characters and the story, then the film steps up several gears and charges to a tense and brilliant ending. It is no slapstick comedy but rather darkly amusing. At the same time it manages to build the tension superbly and have its poingnant moments too. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. S. L'hoir TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
I've watched and enjoyed "The Taylor of Panama" several times now. It seems to represent co-producer John Le Carré's homage to Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, and a spoof on the spy genre-film in general (It even includes a humorous pot-shot at "Casablanca.").

Geoffrey Rush turns in a moving performance as Harry Pendel, the tailor, whose fantasy life makes him all too vulnerable for the enticements and blackmail of the seedy would-be, but never-actually-was, James Bond--Andrew Osnard, a burnt-out MI-Sixer, banished to Panama as a punishment for peccadilloes in foreign postings [Pierce Brosnan does an engaging satire on his cinematic Bond aplomb.]. Between the fantasies of Pendel (whose dead but not-so-silent partner is portrayed by Harold Pinter) the situation soon gets out of hand and almost ruins Pendel's marriage (His wife is played by Jamie Lee Curtis.); it destroys his loyal Panamanian friends, and almost starts a war. And while Osnard and most of his colleagues prove to be as corruptible as they are mendacious, the tailor finally comes clean with his wife and mends his marriage.

Behind the satire is one of Le Carré's favorite topics, the willingness of Intelligence services to believe what they want (in this case the presence of a "silent opposition" to the local government), and, in the name of expediency, to spin the most tenuous threads into colorful yarns that they then weave into plausible fabrics and preposterous fabrications. Le Carré therefore seems to be suggesting that the various intelligence services with their vested interests are all accomplished tailors.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 21 May 2004
Format: VHS Tape
If before the release of John Boorman's adaptation of John le Carre's "Tailor of Panama" (scripted by the novel's author himself) anybody had told me I'd ever see Geoffrey Rush and Pierce Brosnan costarring in the same movie, I'd have snapped "And pigs fly" in response. Apparently I wasn't alone in that feeling, as Mr. Rush himself said much the same thing - although more politely - in an interview broadcast around the time the movie hit the theaters.
Yet, on second thought, who'd have been more appropriate to play James Bond's evil twin than the latest incarnation of Bond himself? Who more appropriate to play the story's multifarious title character than the actor who shone in complex roles like David Helfgott, the Marquis de Sade and Shakespearean theater owner Philip Henslowe?
Going in, I didn't doubt that Geoffrey Rush would be an amazing Harry Pendel - the role of the seemingly pathetic antihero, the little man desperately trying to maintain his dignity in the face of overwhelming odds fits him like a glove; and he does indeed give a bravura, almost Chaplinesque performance. The greater surprise for me was Pierce Brosnan, who takes every single Bond cliche and merrily runs with it in the opposite direction: I confess this took some getting used to, but once I'd gotten into the swing of it, I enormously enjoyed his skill and courage in deconstructing the very image on which his fame is grounded.
Brosnan is Andy Osnard, an MI6 agent sent to Panama as a punishment for having stepped on one toe to many during his last posting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 2002
Format: DVD
Not the typical Brosnan film although perhaps i was expecting him to be in his usual bond swagger role. An excellent performance though from both Brosnan and Rush. It takes a while to get into the plot, which is based around political ideology as part of the British contingencies established in Panama. Overall intriguging, give it time!!!
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