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The Tailor of Panama [DVD]
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Pierce Brosnan stars as the anti-Bond in maverick director John Boorman's adaptation of legendary spy novelist John le Carre's seamy tour of post-Noriega Panama. A British intelligence agent whose taste for gambling and other men's wives has put him on the wrong side of his bosses at MI6, Andy Osnard (Brosnan) is posted to the backwater of Panama to atone for his sins. To that end, he recruits upscale tailor Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush), leveraging the man's financial problems and questionable past to gain access to information about the activities of his elite clientele. Meanwhile, Osnard remains true to form, recruiting the personal services of lovely embassy official Francesca (Catherine McCormack), and attempting the same with Harry's wife, Louisa (Jamie Lee Curtis). When Harry's best friend Micki (Brendan Gleeson), a former member of the anti-Noriega underground, now a broken man, begins blustering about politics in front of Osnard, both of these con men begin to see him as the solution to their problems. The mundane tragedy of espionage familiar to le Carre's Cold Warriors has been replaced by farce with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Boorman creates an atmosphere redolent with U.S.-abetted corruption in this well written and acted film, which also features playwright Harold Pinter in a cameo role.
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 06935
Geoffrey Rush, Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Gleeson, David Hayman, Catherine McCormack, Harold Pinter, David Baron, Leonor Valera, Dylan Baker
"...Brosnan and Rush are a smooth fit, playing off each other like a snappy shirt and tie..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
"...[A] masterful, eccentrically bespoke of adaptation....The mohair-and-silk blend of Rush and Brosnan, Boorman and le Carre feels good, luxe, exciting..."
"...Unique and fascinating....Boorman does a fine job of capturing a chaotic, slightly sinister tropical atmosphere, and he draws excellent performances..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...A hypnotic film that stays resonantly humane even as Boorman skewers British and American diplomacy with martini-dry wit..."
"...Directed by the inestimable John Boorman, and with a classy cast....Rush delivers] yet another subtly charismatic turn..."
"...Very amusing....[Brosnan and Rush are] hilarious, both apart and together..."
"...TAILOR benefits from delicious acting....[Boorman] brings intelligence, verve, a sense of fun and a clear lack of sentiment to material that benefits from all of the above..."
Los Angeles Times
"...The movie plays as a joy for lovers of well-written, carefully crafted character thrillers. It has a lot of wry, twisted humor..."
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