The Tailor of Panama

Synopsis: John LeCarre's spy thriller is brought to the big screen. A British spy is banished to Panama after having an affair with an ambassador's mistress. Once there he makes connection with a local tailor with a criminal past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The tailor also has a wife, who works for the canal administrator, and a huge debt. The spy's mission is to learn what the President intends to do with the Panama Canal, but he's really in business for himself, blackmailing the tailor into spinning a fantastic tale about the canal being sold to China and former mercenaries ready to topple the current government.
Director(s): John Boorman
Production: Columbia Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

and gone these many years.

Though his exacting standards

are very much alive and well.

Glad to hear that.

He dressed my father, you know.

Back in his Savile Row days.

Well, I never! Now that's a first,

I don't mind admitting.

Father to son,

Savile Row to Panama City.

- Did you hear that?

- I thought you'd be surprised.

Surprised, sir, and delighted.

Marta, put Mr. Osnard down

as an old customer.

Arthur Braithwaite made

for his father.

Now, if you'd care

to come this way, Mr. Osnard.

What in hell happened to her?

In the bad old days, would that be?

Noriega's time?

Rough justice meted out?

- If you'd care to take a seat, sir.

- Thank you.

We call this The Club Room. Many of

our gentlemen spend time here... the lunch hour

and at the day's end.

And why not?

What did you have in mind,

sir, exactly?

I thought I'd start with a few

lounge suits. See how they go.

After that, well, the "full monty,"

as old Braithwaite used to say.

I see. Very good, sir.

Pity the expression's been hijacked.

Means quite the other thing now.

- So they tell me, sir.

- Bollock naked, in fact.

- Quite so, sir.

- Money's no problem.

Take a look at these, sir.

See what takes your fancy.

They're all the right weight

for this diabolical climate.

Seven ounces of nicely breathing,

finest worsted.

About all a man could

or should put up with.

How about this one?

Alpaca, am I right?

- Very good, sir.

- Perfect.

And exactly what I should've picked.

Given that money's no object?

- So, what's next?

- Ah! The sun!

Vital statistics.

Please step this way.


If I could ask you to slip off

your jacket. Thank you, sir.

You were Noriega's tailor,

weren't you, in his time?

I'm sorry, sir, is that a problem?

Not necessarily.

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Andrew Davies

Andrew Wynford Davies (born 20 September 1936) is a Welsh writer of screenplays and novels, best known for House of Cards and A Very Peculiar Practice, and his adaptations of Vanity Fair, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch and War & Peace. He was made a BAFTA Fellow in 2002. more…

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