The Tailor of Panama (2001)



Critic Consensus: The Tailor of Panama is a smart, darkly satirical thriller with exuberant performances from Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush.

Movie Info

Harry Pendel, a Cockney ex-con who has reinvented himself as a popular tailor to the rich and powerful of Panama, is famous for his storytelling as well as his suits-but this time, his tales carry lethal repercussions. Preyed upon by ruthless, seductive British spy Osnard, Harry spins a yarn that inadvertently sets off a series of events to destroy everything he values most in his life.

Rating: R (for strong sexuality, language and some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John LeCarre, John Le Carré, John Boorman, Andrew Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2001
Box Office: $13.1M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Andrew Osnard

as Harold Pendel

as Louisa Pendel

as Michelangelo Abraxas

as Uncle Benny

as Francesca Deane

as Mark Pendel

as Sarah Pendel

as Luxmore

as Rafi Domingo

as Stormont

as Juan-David

as Cavendish

as Dusenbaker

as Morecombe

as Ernesto Delgado

as Customer

as Palace Secretary

as Angelo the Manager

as Mrs. Delgado

as Pentagon Aide

as Officer 1

as Officer 2

as 1st Official

as Stewardess

as Panamanian Businessm...

as 2nd Official
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Critic Reviews for The Tailor of Panama

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (35)

Boorman has crafted a witty, classy and richly enjoyable morality play, which skewers the mercenary self-interest behind Anglo-American imperialism almost as an afterthought.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

If you think the spy-thriller genre has been streamlined and spoofed and subverted until nothing new can be done to it, think again.

Full Review… | September 26, 2002
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Seems diligently assembled.

May 2, 2001
The New Republic
Top Critic

Brosnan... completely alters the tone of the movie with every scene he's in, bringing a level of smarminess that makes it far more interesting than just a bureaucratic spy thriller

Full Review… | September 11, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Not a great movie -- for adults only.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Funny, frisky and always on the right side of plausible. Mission accomplished.

Full Review… | February 13, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Tailor of Panama


An intriguing tale of espionage and coercion in Central America. *Geoffrey Rush never ceases to amaze me and his performance here is no exception.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


A run of the mill espionage thriller, comedy? I was hoping for a bit more. Good cast but I just didn't find the story that interesting.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

The film is good enough, I guess, but it just wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. Geoffrey Rush is always good and this is no exception here, but Brosnan seems too at-ease as a British agent (what a stretch there, huh?). Jamie Lee Curtis and Brendan Gleeson put in stellar performances.

Derek Daniels

Super Reviewer

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