The Tailor of Panama

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



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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.

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Pierce Brosnan
as Andrew Osnard
Geoffrey Rush
as Harold Pendel
Jamie Lee Curtis
as Louisa Pendel
Brendan Gleeson
as Michelangelo Abraxas
Harold Pinter
as Uncle Benny
Catherine McCormack
as Francesca Deane
Daniel Radcliffe
as Mark Pendel
Lola Boorman
as Sarah Pendel
David Hayman
as Luxmore
Mark Margolis
as Rafi Domingo
Martin Savage
as Stormont
Edgardo Molino
as Juan-David
Jonathan Hyde
as Cavendish
Dylan Baker
as Dusenbaker
Ken Jenkins
as Morecombe
Luis A. Goti
as Ernesto Delgado
Vladimir Vega
as Customer
Iris De Arco
as Palace Secretary
Cesar Sanjur
as Angelo the Manager
Diomara De Ruiz
as Mrs. Delgado
Doug Cockle
as Pentagon Aide
Patrick Poletti
as Officer 1
Andrew French
as Officer 2
Frank Melia
as 1st Official
Lisa Dwan
as Stewardess
Paolo Tulio
as Panamanian Businessman
Siraj Zaidi
as 2nd Official
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Audience Reviews for The Tailor of Panama

  • Jul 25, 2016
    Sometimes messy and a bit too implausible to be taken serious, this is not one of the best John le Carré adaptations, but still it has some good performances (Rush, Brosnan and Curtis) in an average spy story that most of the time manages to be pretty entertaining.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2012
    I haven't read a John le Carre nor do I need to in order to know how boring they are. "The Tailor of Panama" is as talkative as last year's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", but has a much quicker pace and more in terms of action. Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush play well off of each other, and overall, it's an entertaining film. Plus, the cinematography is marvelous.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2009
    The story of a man who tells a lie that grows and grows, and it's perfectly okay. Rush is the star while Brosnan plays a secret agent who sleeps around (insert your own joke). The pacing is great so it moves along nicely, but it's so flawlessly average that you'll have forgotten it the next day.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2009
    An intriguing tale of espionage and coercion in Central America. *<i>Geoffrey Rush never ceases to amaze me and his performance here is no exception</i>.
    Randy T Super Reviewer

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