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Taffin (1988)

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 »


Francis Megahy


David Ambrose (screenplay), Lyndon Mallet (book)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Taffin
Ray McAnally ... O'Rourke
Alison Doody ... Charlotte
Jeremy Child ... Martin
Dearbhla Molloy ... Mrs. Martin
Jim Bartley Jim Bartley ... Conway
Alan Stanford Alan Stanford ... Sprawley
Gerard McSorley ... Ed
Patrick Bergin ... Mo Taffin
Britta Smith ... Mrs. Taffin
Jonathan Ryan ... Gibson
Liz Lloyd Liz Lloyd ... Valerie Gibson
Ronan Wilmot ... Deacon
Liam O'Callaghan Liam O'Callaghan ... Henderson
Frank Kelly ... Liam


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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When the syndicate tried to move into town, somebody should have warned them... See more »


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The movie was filmed in August, September, and October 1987. See more »


Mark Taffin: Alright. Alright I'll help. On one condition: when you turn against me - as you surely will - you remember, I am only your weapon.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) See more »


Shuffling For Jimmy Reed
Written by Paul Jones and Stefan Grossman
KPM Music Ltd
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Vastly underrated

I first saw this film in the cinema in 1988 with my wife I had seen Brosnan in Remington Steel but she had never seen him before we wee both very much drawn to him as a leading man, the guy women fancy and guy men want to be, simultaneously agreeing what a great James Bond he would make we later found out that prior to Taffin he had been spoken to about playing Bond but had wanted to stick with Remington Steel his performance in Taffin clearly shows he was the perfect choice for Bond a suave handsome man who could woo the ladies and had the precise ingredients of brain and brawn to sort out the baddies. Although the locations are stunning they are not made as much of as they could, but the supporting cast with some exceptions are largely unknown, yet all give the film almost a documentary feel and very quickly get the sympathy of the audience rooting for the anti hero to sort out the bullies and gangsters who have taken over their village. Although not admitted by the producers writers or directors this film is almost entirely a remake of Pale Rider in the same way that Van Damme's Nowhere to Run is a lift from Shane. Subconsciously the love of the Clint Eastwood preacher's character in the widely viewed Pale Rider draws you immediately to Taffin's fomer priest turned enforcer and you root for him immediately to help the poor townsfolk. it's Yojimbo, Fistful of Dollars, Last Man Standing, Shane and Roadhouse all rolled into one with a guy in the lead role as good as Miffune, Eastwood, Willis, Ladd and Swayze in their greatest moments. So if you haven't seen this movie and like the forementioned films or even if it's just pierce Brosnan you like you will enjoy this movie sure it's low budget and similar to a TV movie it is great entertainment and a way to see the new James Bond play Bond a number of years before.

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Release Date:

26 February 1988 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$107,303, 28 February 1988

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1.85 : 1
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