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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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Avi Nesher

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Avi Nesher, Roger H. Berger (as Roger Berger)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Pantoliano ... Al Benjamin
Wade Dominguez ... Joseph Romero
Elizabeth Berkley ... Nadia Rubakov
Michael Chiklis ... Andre Rubakov
Robert Townsend ... Peyton Cody
Casey Siemaszko ... Abrasha Topolev
Fisher Stevens ... Kenneth Green
Mike Starr ... Mike Neals
Michael Raynor ... Mason Buckley
Jack Shearer ... Captain Nunzio
Rick Washburn ... Sergei Utisov
Glenn Palmer-Smith Glenn Palmer-Smith ... Joe Lutz
David Deblinger ... John Kravitz
Mark Giordano ... Agent Johanson
Ian O'Donnell Ian O'Donnell ... Misha Baruchin
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

17 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'inspector See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Al (Joe Pantoliano's character) admits to Andre that he has been married for 14 years. However, the audience does not see any pictures of him and his wife together or his wife or daughter, who is also mentioned later on in the film to both Andre's daughter, Nadia and to Romero, when he's sulking in his car. Andre also gives him a bouquet of flowers for Al to give to her after Nadia's wedding. See more »

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

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Not A Good Start For 'Joey Pants'
7 June 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was Joe Pantoliano's first starring role, and I've always found him to play interesting guys - AFTER this movie because he's kind of flat in here. His character, "Al Benjamin," doesn't have the normal "Joey Pants" spark to him. Even the narration - and I love narration - is dull. His character also is a little obnoxious to be the "hero" of the story. Unlike others, I was expecting more going into this viewing.

His sidekick, however: "Joseph Romero" (Wade Dominguez) is very interesting. Michael Chiklis also was good as a Russian businessman who has been a target of the Soviet hit men.

The story is a bit convoluted, concerning the Russian and gas stations being used as fronts for tax purposes. Once again, we get the typical Hollywood cliché of the good cop being a renegade on the force. Overall: fair, at best.


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