The novels of British author John le Carre are renowned for their complex plots, and they are very popular. Translating them to the big screen requires great care. Later this year, his “Our Kind of Traitor,” will be released in theatres. For another film based on one of his books, there is “The Tailor of Panama,” which was released in 2001.
After a romantic indiscretion, British spy Andrew Osnard (played by Pierce Brosnan) is sent to Panama where he meets Harold Pendel (played by Geoffrey Rush), who seems to be a respected tailor. Pendel is married to an American, Louisa Pendel (played by Jamie Lee Curtis), with whom he has a family. His family and friends are unaware that he also has a criminal past. Osnard uses him to be a spy for him. Since he works as a tailor for them, Pendel has connections to both gangsters and high level Panamanian politicians. But Pendel has a hard time keeping up with Osnard’s need for new information, but he becomes increasingly dependent on the cash that is now coming his way. Osnard satisfies his personal appetites with a sexual relationship with Francesca (played by Catherine McCormack), a pretty young embassy worker.
“The Tailor of Panama” is well directed by John Boorman. It is a visually stunning film. The Panama settings look luscious and appealing.
Pierce Brosnan is quite good as Andrew Osnard. He is somewhat similar to Brosnan’s James Bond. Geoffrey Rush is a fine Pendel, who is highly skilled at his job and tries hard to provide for his family. Jamie Lee Curtis is great as Louisa, his wife who comes to suspect he is involved in something illegitimate.
“The Tailor of Panama” is a good choice for fans of any of the cast members. It is also worth seeing for fans of complex spy stories.