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Taffin (1988)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  26 February 1988 (USA)
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An Irish tough-guy debt collector is asked by his local community to help rid the town of developers bent on building a chemical plant on the outskirts of town. The developers are ruthless ... See full summary »

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Taffin
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O'Rourke
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Charlotte
Jeremy Child ...
Martin
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Mrs. Martin
Jim Bartley ...
Conway
Alan Stanford ...
Sprawley
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Ed
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Mo Taffin
Britta Smith ...
Mrs. Taffin
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Gibson
Liz Lloyd ...
Valerie Gibson
Ronan Wilmot ...
Deacon
Liam O'Callaghan ...
Henderson
Frank Kelly ...
Liam
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An Irish tough-guy debt collector is asked by his local community to help rid the town of developers bent on building a chemical plant on the outskirts of town. The developers are ruthless and have sent their heavies into town to keep the locals quiet. Written by Rob Hartill

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He didn't get mad... He got even. See more »

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26 February 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Revolta de Um Duro  »

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$159,969 (USA)
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One of two 1988 cinema movies starring actor Pierce Brosnan first released in that year. The other picture was The Deceivers (1988). Brosnan in 1988 also headlined the James Clavell TV mini-series Noble House (1988). See more »

Quotes

Mark Taffin: What goes on in this town is none of your business.
Charlotte: As long as I'm living here it is.
Mark Taffin: Then maybe you SHOULDN'T BE LIVING HERE!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) See more »

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Tribute to Jimmy Reed
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Written by Paul Jones and Stefan Grossman
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Not Brosnan's Best, But Still Worth A Look
7 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When most people think of Pierce Brosnan, they most likely think of such signature roles like that of James Bond, the remake of the "Thomas Crown Affair", or "Remington Steele". But in 1988, between all of that, Pierce starred in a small, low budget film out of Ireland called "Taffin" and while nobody will hail it as Brosnan's finest hour, it is a curiously entertaining film (I've always wondered how Brosnan ended up in this one; after all he was ,by this time, fairly well known from "Steele". Perhaps he just needed something to do or needed the money but since there's not much info on this film, who knows?). In the story, Brosnan plays a rough and tough debt collector named Taffin in a small town where if you owe money, you'd better pay up! Our hero demonstrates this through some simple but well choreographed fight scenes, one involving four or fiver burly chefs in a restaurant. But Taffin is not your stereotypical tough guy; he reads literature and believes in the power of using your mind before your fists. Good thing too, because he's going to need it when some corrupt developers send their goons to town to keep folks from complaining about plans to destroy a favorite park. If I had to guess what makes the movie watchable, it would probably come down to Brosnan's cool under pressure performance which, more than anything, is the driving force of the film. It also helps that Alison Doody of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" fame adds some fun-and eye candy-to the mix as the love interest. Don't get me wrong; the film has it issues, such as certain areas where the editing and story don't seem to flow quite right and parts that are supposed to be serious but you just can't help but laugh your ass off (see the part where Taffin screams "Then maybe you shouldn't be living heeeeeeeeeeeeere!". Never fails to bring a smile to my face). But all things considered, "Taffin" is not the worse movie ever made and if you happen to catch it with some drunk friends or on a rainy day, you probably won't regret it.


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