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The Tailor of Panama (Special Edition) (Bilingual)
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Based on the 1996 novel, this is a mixture of thriller and black comedy. Harry Pendel is the tailorto the powerful of Panama. Harry is known for his storytelling and suits, but soon his tales carry lethal repercussions. Harry spins a yarn that is not only taken as truth, but sets off a chain of events that threatens everything he values most in life.
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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.Read more ›
the country, making clothes for the rich and politically powerful. Into his world comes Osnard, played by Pierce Brosnan. A morally
corrupt, self-serving MI6 spy, sent to Panama as a last chance after seducing a European diplomat's wife.
Many were bowled over by the irony of casting Brosnan, so associated with James Bond, as this much realer, creepier Bond alter ego. A
man who is handsome, and self-confident, but whose endless seduction of women seems smarmy not sexy, and who delights in
screwing other people while profiting himself.
For me the casting was actually problematic. Brosnon's terrific, but the irony is so distractingly obvious, that it pulled me out of the
story, and made me think too much about film and our hero images instead of simply accepting the character. Beyond that, Osnard
is drawn a little too broadly for my taste. He's so transparent, I have a hard time he gets anyone to trust him even for a moment.
If his inner self-serving pig were a bit better hidden, it might have given the audience more to unravel, and make other characters'
willingness to do his bidding a bit easier to buy.
The mix of tones also was a bit of a misfire for me. Never quite darkly funny enough to ascend into true satire, but certainly never
edgy enough to be taken seriously, there's a lack of danger here. Unlike 'Dr. Strangelove', we never really think Harry and Osnard's
games will reduce Panama to a pile of rubble, and the intimation of it seems false and a bit silly.Read more ›
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Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush are already a good combo but Jaime Lee Curtis is the icing on the cakePublished on July 5 2014 by Chales V. Jones
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. Read morePublished on May 17 2004
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 morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Lene Fugl Hansen
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 morePublished on Aug. 4 2003
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 morePublished on June 24 2003
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... Read more
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