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The Tailor of Panama (Special Edition)

Pierce Brosnan , Geoffrey Rush , John Boorman    DVD
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A tailor living in Panama reluctantly becomes a spy for a British agent.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Sex, Lies and Saville Row. May 13 2004
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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2.0 out of 5 stars a waste of film Dec 24 2003
ok, first of all i'm panamenian so when we got the news that they were making a movie in our country we were excited!! you know mr. brosnan, geoffrey rush, jaime lee curtis even the kid from harry potter among others, it was awesome, great actors so the hype was visible, we could not wait 'till opening night, cause we are not used to have such talent in our small country at once, and we also had a few local actors in the movie as well so it was fun, but when the movie started, basically it was a little weird, what a waste of talent i mean brosnan character turns out to be a wise guy who's only interested in two things money and sex, nothing compared to his roll as mr. bond. rush's performance wasn't bad but it could have been way better as for the other players, well i'll say a regular outcoming. Another thing that bothered me is WHY everytime somebody makes a movie in another country other than USA always shows the "poor side" or the b side of that particular place, hey i know my country has its highs and lows but for some reason they always showed the low ones, we are more than just a little village or in this movie's case a lost city!!. but anyway the movie could have been way better than it did, the only fun thing about it is that you actually see the buildings and landscape that we are used to.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not the story LeCarre wrote May 26 2004
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This movie presents a different story altogether than the one LeCarre wrote. The plot line of Harry and Marta was not the unspoken love story of the book, and the ending in no way resembled LeCarre's tale. The verbally explosive scene at the tailor shop makes Harry the one who gets upset, rather than Mickey (via Harry's humiliation of him), giving Mickey's suicide a different motivation entirely. The episode where Harry moves Mickey's body and cleans up Mickey's apartment is left out. Louisa is given an alternate personality more suitable to Jamie Lee Curtis. Don't waste your time and money--read the book. Better yet, listen to The John LeCarre Collection audio. Let LeCarre tell the story himself--he does so wonderfully.
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This movie is the opposite of the Bond movies. This is not a showcase of the smooth or sophisticated. Most of the characters are seedy. They are generally examples of pride, greed, incompetence, and power mongering. However they are likeable and understandable in their own twisted ways. I am not suggesting that you'll like everything they do. Yet I found myself hoping for a happy ending for the primary characters. (I won't spoil it for you.) Also there is some great humor. I laughed at the vibrating bed scene. A must-see for a fresh look.
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1.0 out of 5 stars 'Wag the Dog' with a sleazy 'James Bond'? June 22 2003
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Andrew 'Andy' Osnard (Pierce Brosnan), an MI5 agent who has a tendency to 'screw' up missions despite being very good at getting information out of people (usually through sleeping with them), has been reassigned to Panama to help the British government determine the fate of the Panama Canal, which was recently returned to the ownership and direction of Panama. Andy hooks up with Harold 'Harry' Pendel (Geoffrey Rush), who is a tailor, mostly by digging up his true history as a criminal. Andy then uses this history (really the threat of making the history public), as well as a series of bribes, to get Harry to talk about all of his clients, which includes just about every major politician and businessman in Panama.
However, Harry, who really is just a tailor, can't handle the pressure. He cracks and begins feeding Andy lies, a response to pressure he apparently developed in jail. As Andy continues to pressure him Harry's lies grow to ever-increasing proportions until it appears that Panama is about to sell the Canal to China, which obviously the U.S. and the U.K. aren't going to allow. Of course Andy is aware that what Harry is telling him are a bunch of lies, but he goes along with it, claiming to his boss that the rebel group that is hoping to regain control of the Canal before it can be sold, 'The Silent Opposition', just needs $15 million to successfully stage a coup.
When the alleged opposition group leader is found dead the U.S. deems this a worthy reason to believe that everything is collapsing. The result - send in the troops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun , Fine Entertainment
Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush are already a good combo but Jaime Lee Curtis is the icing on the cake
Published 3 months ago by Chales V. Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, entertaining, worthwhile, if not quite great
Geoffrey Rush is excellent as Harry, an Englishman with a sadly shady past who has re- invented himself in Panama as the best tailor in
the country, making clothes for the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by K. Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad ending
As a great fan of Le Carré I was very disappointed with the ending of this movie. I had hoped that the alternative ending was better, but it wasn't. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Lene Fugl Hansen
1.0 out of 5 stars Not fond of this movie
My spouse and I stopped watching this film about one half way through it. For me, Brosnan, is never believeable in the characters that he plays. Read more
Published on Aug. 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Tailored to perfection
The Tailor of Panama is an excellent and entertaining film. Both actors Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush bring a great sense of enjoyment to their characters. Mr. Read more
Published on June 24 2003 by "bond_jamesbond330"
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed potential
This uneven story can't be saved for me by the fact that I am a Big Brosnan fan. It is only a FAIR - 2.5 STAR movie, rounded up because I am a Brosnan fan.
Published on June 18 2003 by JediMack
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Tailored Enough For Me...
Available for rental, this slow spy thriller doesn't thrill very much. I love Geoffrey Rush and John Boorman. Unfortunaltely, they are both wasted on this proiject. Read more
Published on April 27 2003 by Patrick A. Martin Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brosnan steals the show
This is an excellent version of LeCarre's novel about spying in Panama. I have always enjoyed watching Brosnan as James Bond, and I suspect he enjoyed this role even more than 007. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2003 by Kevin Brianton
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