The Tailor of Panama (2001)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Thriller


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A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British Agent.


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  • Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush in The Tailor of Panama (2001)
  • Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush, left), a Cockney ex-con turned popular tailor to the rich and powerful of Panama, is preyed upon by ruthless, charming British spy Osnard (Pierce Brosnan)
  • Louisa Pendel (Jamie Lee Curtis) harbors suspicions about smooth British spy Andrew Osnard (Pierce Brosnan)
  • Charming but ruthless British spy Osnard (Pierce Brosnan) attempts to seduce Louisa Pendel (Jamie Lee Curtis), the wife of the Cockney ex-con turned tailor he is hoping to recruit
  • Pierce Brosnan and Jamie Lee Curtis in The Tailor of Panama (2001)
  • ierce Brosnan stars as ruthless British spy Andrew Osnard

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1 November 2001 | Rammstein-2
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| Irony for the wicked
If you understand irony, this film should be a real riotous laugh straight through. It is possibly one of the most brilliant movies so far this millennium, outright disrespectful of the "spy" theme: Brosnan's degenerated, decadent b*****d spy Osnard is just the way one would picture James Bond in real life, had the latter not been so awfully loyal. Actually, Osnard is James Bond minus loyalty and with his self-confidence, decadence and sexism turned up a couple of notches. A brilliant character, brilliantly acted. Another fantastic actor is the amazing Geoffrey Rush in the role as the Tailor of Panama, Harry Pendel.

The story is absolutely fascinating, one of the most clever and witty stories to emerge in a long while - the Tailor of Panama reluctantly becomes a spy and conjures up non-existent government plots to sell the Panama Canal to the Chinese, which makes the English and the Americans (portrayed as a bunch of idiots with delusions of grandeur and as militaristic blow-hards with victory as the only goal) react aggressively.

It is important that one understands that this film is serious in one respect only: its comedy. Don't see this expecting to see a thrilling spy-movie. It isn't, though I find the scope of the film thrilling. It's more of a comedy, and if you can't see that when the American general with tears in his eyes blurts: "There is a star missing from the American flag!", then you're not really equipped for this kind of film. The reason I'm writing this is that some reviewers have found the movie to be silly... which is just what one would think if one didn't get it.

Brilliant. Just brilliant.

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