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Taffin dvd cover.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrancis Megahy
Produced byPeter Shaw
Written byLyndon Mallet (book)
David Ambrose
Music byStanley Myers
Hans Zimmer
CinematographyPaul Beeson
Edited byPeter Tanner
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
United Artists
Vestron Pictures
Release date
  • 26 February 1988 (1988-02-26)
Running time
96 minutes
Box office$159,969[1]

Taffin is a 1988 Irish thriller film directed by Francis Megahy and starring Pierce Brosnan in the title role of Mark Taffin.[2][3] It also featured Ray McAnally, Alison Doody and Jeremy Child. It is based on Lyndon Mallet's book series.


The plot concerns Taffin and his methods of executing justice, in order to save a local park in the town of Ballymoran.

A tough 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.



Taffin was filmed in County Wicklow in Ireland in 1987 and 1988.

Issues arose between the author Lyndon Mallet and the production company surrounding the casting of Pierce Brosnan in the role of Mark Taffin. This was due to the actual nature of the character in the book. In the book, Mark Taffin was never a handsome man; he was decidedly overweight and very unattractive, a very different image to that portrayed by Brosnan.


Time Out called the film "confused and unexciting," deeming that Brosnan was not up to his job.[4] Time Out also criticized the script,[4] a sentiment echoed by Apollo Movie Guide, which thought Taffin was a "disappointment for anyone expecting a smart Brosnan thriller with the Irish touch."[5]


  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=taffin.htm
  2. ^ "Taffin". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  3. ^ The Irish Filmography 1896-1996; Red Mountain Press (Dublin); 1996. Page 196
  4. ^ a b "Taffin". Time Out. London. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  5. ^ Webster, Brian. "Taffin". Apollo Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 6 April 2003. Retrieved 7 November 2016.

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