The Tailor of Panama

2001 R 1h 49m DVD

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The Tailor of Panama

2001 R 1h 49m DVD
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In this gripping adaptation of John le Carré's best-selling novel, a disgraced, amoral British spy blackmails a local tailor into stealing secrets from the Panama Canal Commission regarding its plans for the waterway.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a sexually frank, profane, and unglamorously corrupt movie that's not particularly appropriate for teens; parental supervision is a must if you watch with your older teen.

Sexual Content

A scene takes place in a bordello with pornography showing in the background; tawdry sex scenes take place between Osnard and a diplomat; the Tailor's wife is shown topless several times and is groped by Osnard.


All violence is shown in flashback -- some war crimes. Brief gore. A washed-up revolutionary drunkenly accosts drug-dealers and money-launderers at a club. He later commits suicide and we see his corpse; in flashback Panamanian citizens are attacked by


Liberal use of extreme obscenities.

Social Behavior

Hispanic characters are secondary in this story, but come off as a complex and diverse population; Osnard is a sexual predator and stalks women constantly--his appraisal of their body parts is (intentionally) offensive. Some crude humor.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drug trafficking and drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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