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The Tailor of Panama
(2001)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Co-Produced by:
Shaun Davey

Conducted by:
Fiachra Trench

Co-Orchestrated by:
Nic Raine

"Todavia Cantamos" Written by:
Victor Heredia
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Varèse Sarabande
(April 17th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you long for a truly unique score, because The Tailor of Panama is one of those obscure entries that will surprise you with its cohesive and occasionally infectious thematic, rhythmic, and ethnic diversity.

Avoid it... if a bizarre merging of Stephen Warbeck's Shakespeare in Love, Jerry Goldsmith's Under Fire, and Rachel Portman's Chocolat sounds like too much trouble for you.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #656
WRITTEN 5/30/01, REVISED 1/30/09
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The Tailor of Panama: (Shaun Davey) Any enthusiast of author John Le Carre can provide you with a long list of Hollywood motion pictures that have shamelessly butchered his stories in the process of their adaptation. In an effort to rectify that situation, Columbia Pictures allowed Le Carre to serve as both an advisor to the screenplay and executive producer for The Tailor of Panama, one of the better films from the wildly inconsistent director John Boorman. With a story of espionage and intrigue between the governments of the United Kingdom and Panama in which Pierce Brosnan stars as a British spy not popular with MI6, The Tailor of Panama caused many audiences to expect that the film would adhere to the normal boundaries of the James Bond franchise. That's definitely not the case, but using this appeal as a peripheral marketing tool, the production was highly touted as a late spring blockbuster in 2001, with a strong supporting cast, clever story, and an exotic setting to boot. But as abruptly as the press and advertisements for this film ended in April of that year, it disappeared from theatres as a stunning loss, forcing audiences to seek arthouse or older theatres to see it. The cause of the film's failure still remains open to debate, but even more curious is the consequent obscurity of Shaun Davey's high-impact score for the film, a score that quietly passed without any significant fan comments or review coverage at the time of its album release. The shame about the failure of the film is that it didn't give Davey the career boost that he could have used to exhibit his talents for a larger international audience. He had only scored very few feature films in the previous five or so years, and was (and still is, to a large degree) best known for the scores to the British films Waking Ned Devine and Twelfth Night. Although the latter score had been released on a somewhat obscure Silva Screen album, the majority of film music collectors were unfamiliar with his work because The Tailor of Panama represented his first major American project. It was with high hopes that this Boorman film, regardless of its box office failure, would change that situation. Despite the score's extremely appealing strengths, however, it ultimately did little to advance the composer's career.



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Tailor of Panama a hidden gem
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:46
• 1. Harry Pendel, The Tailor of Panama (4:15)
• 2. Andy Osnard, Spy (2:25)
• 3. The Streets of Panama City (based on "Todavia Cantamos") (1:51)
• 4. The Silent Opposition Angle (2:14)
• 5. The Tailor at the Palace (2:33)
• 6. The Vibrating Bed (1:42)
• 7. Andy's Miniature Camera (1:41)
• 8. Harry, A Thief in His Own Home (1:25)
• 9. "Bunchan" at the Cemetary (1:56)
• 10. Ten Milion (2:34)
• 11. Panic and the Pentagon (5:28)
• 12. Harry Unravels, Marta's Call (2:32)
• 13. Harry's Drive Through the Carnival (1:27)
• 14. Louisa's Confrontation and the Death of Micky Abraxis (3:39)
• 15. The Ambassador, The Chase, and The Helicopter (7:16)
• 16. Harry's Confession/End Titles/"Todavia Cantamos" (5:43)

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