The Tiger's Tail

Synopsis: After a chance encounter, a Dubliner (Gleeson) is stalked by a murderous facsimile of himself.
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Director(s): John Boorman
Production: Buena Vista
  2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

- Barry speaking.

- Yes?

Not the best of news, Liam.

The planners' ruling

is on the negative side.

- They dumped on us?

- Afraid so.

Though we can appeal, of course.

- F*** you, too!

- It's so unfair, Liam.

Look, it's utterly unreasonable

to blame me.

As your lawyer, I offer advice.

The decisions are yours.

Where did we go wrong, Larry?

I fixed the minister.

Two weeks in Florida.

Councillors got what they wanted.

What else could I do?

They take bribes,

but don't want to deliver.

It's immoral. What happened to good

old-fashioned honest corruption?

By the way, I got you a bottle of '82

Mouton Rothschild as a present.

- Thank you, Liam!

- Well, you're not getting it now.

Boss, I'm desperate. All these

businessmen are mean bastards.

Decant for a couple of hours

before drinking.

Lovely! Magic moments!

Don't shake that bottle like that.

Traffic moving where you are?

No. Is it black tie tonight?

Of course it is.

If we ever get there.

Liam, you never call.

I can't talk now, Ursula.

I'm in a meeting.

Liam, take a look to your right.

No, thank...

Liam, say something.

I've just seen myself

cleaning my windscreen.

You could talk your way

out of prison, you bastard.

- It means you're gonna die.

- What does?

Seeing your double.

- See you tonight. Bring him along.

- Who?

Your double.

I'd be interested in him.


Gotta get out of this traffic.



Oona, are you alone?

Yeah, I am.

I'm outside.

What is it, Liam?

I'm seeing things.

What things?

You know, hallucinating.

Liam, you're overdoing it.

Where's your husband?

He does have a name, you know.

And where is he?

- The usual.

- Yeah.

- A few pints on him, then.

- Don't say it, Liam. Don't.

If he ever talks to you like that

again in front of me, I'll kill him.

He gets jealous.

Of what?

He gets jealous of you, Liam.

I'm your brother, for Christ's sake!

Is the traffic easing off?

Not really.

- Not there, Dad.

- Why not?

It's staring at me.



It thrills me.

Dialectical materialism.

Connor, you're not still at that?

Communism is totally discredited.

It's for victims.

It's over, washed up.

- Forget it!

- Then it's due for a comeback.

Now that capitalism's going down

the toilet.

Capitalism got you this house.

Got you your PlayStation,

your Game Boy, your iPod,

that orthodontist quack,

your mobile phone,

your laptop.

My skis.

Your skis.

Your golf clubs,

your moped...

You look ravishing.

Please don't ravish. It's taken me

two hours to get to this point.

Flowers are good, Liam,

but for a cancelled holiday,

I'd have expected a jewel at least.

Sorry. If I leave the country now,

the wolves'd close in.

Have you been torturing these lilies,


Cheer up, Liam.

Try to look like your portrait.

To him, on his big night.

My God!

There he is.

Did you see that?

It's my face. It's him.

- Did you see anyone, Connor?

- He's losing it. Poor fella.

He's a victim of the internal

contradictions of capitalism.

Oh, shut up, Connor.

You can't go shooting people

just cos they look like you,

even if they're burglars.

Now put that thing away.

- Could it be you're projecting?

- What?

I mean, he's a projection of the part

of yourself that you hate.

That I hate?

For what you're doing.

And so you're trying to kill it off.

- Is that Marx or Freud?

- Just trying to help.

We're going to be late. Again.

A boy from the north side of Dublin.

Left school at 15 and renovated

a derelict house with his own hands.

- Liam, I can't hardly believe this.

- And he was off and running.

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John Boorman

John Boorman is an English film-maker who is best known for his feature films such as Point Blank, Hell in the Pacific, Deliverance, Zardoz, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, The General, The Tailor of Panama, and Queen and Country. more…

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