The Tiger's Tail (2006)

The Tiger's Tail


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"The Tiger's Tail" is a black comedy thriller about a successful businessman in contemporary boom-time, "Celtic Tiger" Ireland, whose life begins to unravel when he encounters his doppelganger. The film tells the story of Liam O'Leary an Irish property developer of humble origins who has made it big and fast on the back of the Celtic Tiger. His hubris has led him into a scheme to build a national stadium but a rival developer has connived to thwart his plans. Wildly over-extended, Liam finds … More

Rating: R (for a scene of sexulaity, and brief drug use)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Boorman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 11, 2009
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as Liam O'Leary

as Jane O'Leary

as Father Andy

as Father Andy

as Harry, Oona's Husban...

as Large Woman

as Declan Murray

as Connor O'Leary

as Jim Brady, The Banke...

as Maeve, Liam's Mother

as Doctor Alex Loden

as Bertie Brennan

as Larry Cooney

as Harry's Secretary

as The Beggar

as The Beggar

as Paul, Ursula's Husba...

as District Judge

as Assistant Governor

as Patrick Le Say

as Samantha's Boyfriend

as Ambulance Driver

as The Double's Double
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Critic Reviews for The Tiger's Tail

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 17, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 24, 2008
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | July 7, 2008
Top Critic

The fanciful tale is too absurd to take seriously.

Full Review… | January 5, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A messy but absorbing mystery.

Full Review… | September 7, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Tiger's Tail


"The Tiger's Tail" starts in the middle of a massive traffic jam that has Liam O'Leary(Brendan Gleeson, great in a dual role) who is on his way to accept an award. This is happening just as his bid was denied to build a soccer stadium and as he is possibly losing his mind when he spots a mirror image of himself walking in the road. He turns out to be real when he accosts Liam in a bathroom, giving some unnerving news that sends him first to his mother(Moira Deady) and then to his older sister Oona(Sinead Cusack) who in reality gave birth to him when she was 15 in London where she left behind his twin.

"The Tiger's Tail" is a daft concoction with possibly the mother of all midlife crises that while unpredictable does also tend to rely on the odd contrivance to keep the story moving. As grounded as the movie is, it might also have been interesting if it had taken a supernatural approach. What it is concerned with is identity in a country where there is a huge disparity between rich and poor, like everywhere else. Since this is Ireland, the subject of the divided country lies just beneath the surface. As far as the divided man goes, the double thinks Liam's life could have been his but then Liam is pretty much a self made man.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


I got really into this movie, even though it wasn't that great. Go figure. I got really annoyed at the doppelganger. :P

meril lupin

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