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The Tiger's Tail (2006)



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"The Tiger's Tail" is a black comedy thriller about a successful businessman in contemporary boom-time, "Celtic Tiger" Ireland, whose life begins to unravel when he encounters his doppelganger. The film tells the story of Liam O'Leary an Irish property developer of humble origins who has made it big and fast on the back of the Celtic Tiger. His hubris has led him into a scheme to build a national stadium but a rival developer has connived to thwart his plans. Wildly over-extended, Liam finds himself struggling in a receding market. Stressed and over-stretched, he seems on the verge of a mental breakdown, to his horror, he sees his DOUBLE. Is this a harbinger of his death? His neglected wife, Jane is distressed by his erratic behavior and treats his claim to have seen his Double as a hallucination. He confronts his Double and discovers a shocking truth that makes him ask the question "Who Am I?"

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Brendan Gleeson
as Liam O'Leary
Kim Cattrall
as Jane O'Leary
Ciarán Hinds
as Father Andy
Ciarin Hinds
as Father Andy
John Kavanagh
as Harry, Oona's Husband
Ruth McCabe
as Large Woman
Sean McGinley
as Declan Murray
Brian Gleeson
as Connor O'Leary
Stanley Townsend
as Jim Brady, The Banker
Moira Deady
as Maeve, Liam's Mother
Michael McElhatton
as Doctor Alex Loden
Denis Conway
as Bertie Brennan
Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
as Larry Cooney
Ruth Lawlor
as Harry's Secretary
Eanna MacLiam
as The Beggar
David Herlihy
as Paul, Ursula's Husband
Mark Lambert
as District Judge
Philip O'Sullivan
as Assistant Governor
Paolo Tullio
as Patrick Le Say
Nigel Linden
as Samantha's Boyfriend
Geoff Minogue
as Ambulance Driver
Frank Gleeson
as The Double's Double
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Critic Reviews for The Tiger's Tail

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

The Tiger's Tail, like Cassandra's Dream, prominently features a boat that is both symbol of financial attainment and emotional ruin; it also finds a master filmmaker defying the "show, don't tell" principle with almost crippling cynicism.

December 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

John Boorman's tale of doppelgängers in Dublin would like very much to spook us, but keeps tripping over its loose script and bizarre plot lines.

June 8, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As tigers go, it's all growl and no teeth.

June 8, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Any potential in Boorman's sinister parable is frittered away with awkward dialogue, shallow characters and failed attempts at comedy. A curiosity at best.

April 27, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

The fanciful tale is too absurd to take seriously.

January 5, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

A messy but absorbing mystery.

September 7, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tiger's Tail


"The Tiger's Tail" starts in the middle of a massive traffic jam that has Liam O'Leary(Brendan Gleeson, great in a dual role) who is on his way to accept an award. This is happening just as his bid was denied to build a soccer stadium and as he is possibly losing his mind when he spots a mirror image of himself walking in the road. He turns out to be real when he accosts Liam in a bathroom, giving some unnerving news that sends him first to his mother(Moira Deady) and then to his older sister Oona(Sinead Cusack) who in reality gave birth to him when she was 15 in London where she left behind his twin. "The Tiger's Tail" is a daft concoction with possibly the mother of all midlife crises that while unpredictable does also tend to rely on the odd contrivance to keep the story moving. As grounded as the movie is, it might also have been interesting if it had taken a supernatural approach. What it is concerned with is identity in a country where there is a huge disparity between rich and poor, like everywhere else. Since this is Ireland, the subject of the divided country lies just beneath the surface. As far as the divided man goes, the double thinks Liam's life could have been his but then Liam is pretty much a self made man.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


I got really into this movie, even though it wasn't that great. Go figure. I got really annoyed at the doppelganger. :P

meril lupin
meril lupin

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