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The Tailor of Panama

HD   R Closed Captioning

John Boorman

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About the Movie

Based on the 1996 novel, this is a mixture of thriller and black comedy. Harry Pendel is the tailor to 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 116
  • Fresh: 89
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: When the revolution turns real, the film finally collapses under the burden of implausibility. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Very talky -- fortunately, with actors like these and a script by Andrew Davies, Boorman and Le Carre himself, the talk is frequently good. – Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 18, 2002

Fresh: Rich but uneven. – John Anderson, Newsday, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A hand-tailored job in a marketplace filled with off-the-rack movies. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Independent Film

If you like real movies, you will love this. Instead of a cookie cutter film, there is a real story, plot, and cool twist. The protagonist, and antagonist are acted out really well. Trying not to give too much away, but if you enjoy great films, you will truly enjoy this one. This film was before "Matador" (I think).

boring? Not if you pay attention.

No explosions. No gadgets. But there is a plot that is both funny and captivating. Great movie for those who dont like to be spoonfed their plots.


Excellent plot, great spy movie...