The Tailor of Panama

Character: Louisa Pendel

Directed by: John Boorman

Written by: John le Carré, Andrew Davies, John Boorman

Produced by: John Boorman, Kevan Barker

Cast Members: Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Rush, Brendan Gleeson, Catherine McCormack, Leonor Varela, Harold Pinter

Released date: March 30, 2001

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Harry Pendel, a Cockney ex-con who has reinvented himself as a popular tailor to the rich and powerful of Panama, is famous for his storytelling as well as his suits -- but this time, his tales carry lethal repercussions. Preyed upon by ruthless, seductive British spy Osnard, Harry spins a yarn that inadvertently sets off a series of events to destroy everything he values most in life.


• A first-class thriller from John Boorman – director EXCALIBUR and DELIVERANCE.
• In a place this treacherous, what a good spy needs is a spy of his own.


→ Jamie Lee Curtis and John Boorman and his family had been friends since Curtis and Boorman had been on the jury at the Cannes Film Festival during the early 1990s.
→ Jamie Lee Curtis said of the film’s rehearsals period: “Pierce Brosnan and I are more instinctual actors; we’ve both done work where you are left on your own to get on with things. John Boorman and Geoffrey Rush have an intellectual approach to the rehearsal process, and I found I had an emotional curiosity about it. I found it very interesting to be in a room talking about it as intensely as John and Geoffrey were doing. I thought, ‘OK, I can go there’.”

Script developed by Never Enough Design