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Taxman (1998)

A tax investigator chasing a tax evader stumbles over a series of bloody murders and gets involved in an investigation with a rookie cop despite his boss' orders to stay out of the way.

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Credited cast:
... Al Benjamin
... Joseph Romero
... Nadia Rubakov
... Andre Rubakov
... Peyton Cody
... Kenneth Green
... Guest at the wedding (as Polina Gorokhovskaya)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Girl Friend
Lia Chang ... Mr. Green's Receptionist
... Lawyer
... Mourner
Vincent J. Mazella ... Hero Messenger (as Vinnie Josserian)
Ian O'Donnell ... Misha
... Exon Executive
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A tax investigator chasing a tax evader stumbles over a series of bloody murders and gets involved in an investigation with a rookie cop despite his boss' orders to stay out of the way.

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In life only two things are certain, death and taxes.


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Rated R for graphic violence and strong language | See all certifications »
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17 September 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'inspector  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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The two gas stations featured in the film, Geo-Fuel and M.A.R.S. are completely fictitious and are loosely based on two real life gas stations, Getty and Mobil Gas. See more »

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References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »

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Interesting, realistic characters anchor engaging indie cop film
28 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

I caught this on HBO while channel surfing and was almost immediately pulled into it -- it was so refreshing to see a cop film that was realistic, with believable characters who weren't superheroes, the kind of cops who get winded when they chase after a suspect and manage not to kill everyone in sight (in slow motion and utilizing more moves than the entire Romanian Olympic gymnastic team). The two main characters were real human beings who screwed up, went down blind alleys, made wrong assumptions, exploded in frustration when they should have stayed silent, did the right thing for the wrong reasons, and yet, in the end, did some good. I've noted in some of the other comments that people were put off by the fact that these guys were flawed, but that was exactly what attracted me about them.

I thought the direction of the film was very understated, yet avoided the kind of studied casualness that's considered stylish these days. The story was engaging and kept me involved. The film moved along at a good clip, but took time out for the lead character to contemplate the situation as it developed. Although there may have been a few holes in the plot, I wasn't overly aware of them, and they certainly weren't as egregious as those we've grown used to in most blockbuster films.

This was not a perfect film, and the elements from which it is put together (outcast cops buck the system, persevere and triumph) border on the cliche, but it's a film I would gladly watch again, and perhaps even want to keep in my permanent collection


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