Taffin

Date: 1988
Director: Francis Megahy
Production Company: United British Artists (UBA), Taffin Films, Rafford Films, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Alison Doody, Patrick Bergin, Ray McAnally, Dave Duffy, Ronan Wilmot, Jeremy Child, Dearbhla Molloy, Jim Bartley, Alan Stanford, Gerard McSorley, Britta Smith, Jonathan Ryan, Liz Lloyd, Liam O'Callaghan, Frank Kelly, Sean Lawlor, Dermot Morgan, Bosco Hogan, Stanley Townsend, Tina Shaw, Alan Stanford
Location(s): County Wicklow, Dublin

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Lone gun Mark Taffin (Pierce Brosnan) works as a debt collector in a small Irish town and he is happy in his free-wheeling, day-by-day existence. But when a crime syndicate embarks on a plan to build a dangerous chemical plant in the vicinity, Taffin is surprised to discover that he is the only local prepared to do anything to stop them. The syndicate doesn’t take kindly to these signs of opposition and begins pushing even harder; Taffin then decides it’s all or nothing and goes after the tycoon in charge of the operation, determined to win a victory for the little man.

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Mark Taffin (Pierce Brosnan) waits for his meeting whilst admiring the scenery on the beach at Wicklow town in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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Taffin crosses the promenade and into his 'office'. This ruined building (and the land around it) has since been demolished and is now the site of Wicklow County Council.

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Brosnan goes to see a local restaurant owner and prepare for a fight scene featuring Irish music in the background! The pub is The Brock Inn found on North Road, Broghan, Broughan, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

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Having taken the car as debt payment, Pierce heads to the Philip Healy pub located on Bridge Street in Wicklow town, County Wicklow, Ireland.

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Pierce gets a lift back home to his mothers and dropped off on ground that has since been redeveloped. The car is turning off from The Murrough road in Wicklow Town, Ireland.

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As Taffin gets out of the car, he enters his mothers house. Again this is on land that has been redeveloped since filming took place back in the late 1980's.

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Three lads come to get help from Taffin. But instead of being hired, he gives them some advice for dealing with the owner of Ballymoran Motor Sales. This location is currently unidentified.

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Taffin watches from across the road as his advice pays off and the lads have success in getting their van. The location is currently unidentified, across the road from the location of the garage.

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Money collected from the bar, Taffin gives Charlotte (Alison Doody) a lift home to what seems to be Trafalgar Road in Greystones, County Wicklow. They also shot inside the property, including a shot from the upstairs bedroom looking across the street down Marine Terrace.

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In the morning, Taffin goes to see his brother Mo (Patrick Bergin) in the harbour of Wicklow Port, County Wicklow in Ireland.

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Mo gives Mark some mackerel for their mother and discusses other issues in Wicklow Port, Ireland.

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Brosnan then visits Brady's Hardware. This is currently (and maybe always was) called 'Bradys of Greystones' and is located on Rathdown Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow in Ireland. The house in the background (which is Trenarren Court located on Church Road) is the key identifier for this location as the foreground area has been redeveloped since filming.

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Taffin heads elsewhere driving up South Quay street in Wicklow...

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...and turning onto Bridge Street. Both these roads look quite different today.

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The sports field - the center of all the controversy. This pitch is seems to be the one attached to Dominican College in Wicklow, Ireland.

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The potential land developers arrive to look at the possibilities of the land in their possession. The car drives off from Castle Street and onto the stretch of grass near Black Castle, with Wicklow Port in the background.

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Unknown to them, Taffin is keeping an eye from the monument near by. He knows the community needs him to get involved.

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Pierce is stood by the anchors, that are just up the hill from Wicklow Sailing Club.

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He goes to the local cattle market to gently pursued Councillor Gibson (Jonathan Ryan) that he should consider not destroying the sports field for development. This is currently an unidentified location.

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Taffin visits a very grumpy Mr Henderson, who he says owns the Graylings Meadow, the alternative option for building instead of the sport field. Mr Henderson replies with a shotgun. This house location is currently unidentified.

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Having witnessed a corrupt Councillor Gibson talking to Me Henderson, Taffin decides to pay the Councillor a home visit to indulge in some blackmail. The house is currently unidentified but is located on high ground somewhere south of Wicklow town.

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After Taffin and Co. blow up Mr Henderson's outside toilet and confirming that he won't be back tomorrow to sell subscriptions to Readers Digest (!), the unpleasant Councillor Gibson pays a visit to Martin's (Jeremy Child's) house at to see the new construction plans and to meet another associate. The house location is currently unidentified.

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After being removed from the council meeting for voicing an important question about there being no public debate about the proposed chemical factory construction, Mr O'Rourke (Ray McAnally) is walking along the Main Street in Wicklow, Co. Wicklow.

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And then he is confronted by the non-union man Mr Conway (Jim Bartley) in the alleyway on Main Street in Wicklow. The alley is next to Dowling's butcher shop.

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Then Mr Conway turns and walks off down Main Street in Wicklow.

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Not to be put off his cause, Mr O'Rourke pays Taffin a visit and then gives a talk to a campaign crowd in Wicklow town center car park, just behind Wicklow Tourist Information. They hear Mr O'Rourke just prior to marching on the town square.

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Mr Conway (Jim Bartley) who threatened Mr O'Rourke previously drives down Bridge Street in Wicklow and sees the marchers getting ready...

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...only to then block them in on Bridge street. This store front is currently (as of 2018) the shared location of Sheridan Colohan Insurance Brokers & Wicklow Tourist Information.

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Refusing to move his vehicle, he locks his car and walks over to the phone box, with Main Street in the background.

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Some of the marchers clamber over the car and try to ask nicely, but get rebuffed. Main Street meets Abbey Street in the background.

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But Mr Conway is taken by surprise when his car has been removed by Mark Taffin! The protesters start their march as Taffin has moved the car further down Bridge Street in Wicklow town, Ireland.

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Conway attempts to have words with Taffin. Main Street is in the background.

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And after some strong words from Taffin, a policeman takes an interest in the seemingly abandoned vehicle.

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Taffin looks on as Conway attempts to rescue his car. Unlike many films, this movie shot all of this sequence in the same area, meaning even many of the reverse angles are actually how they look in reality. Some films have reverse angles that can be miles away from what you see in a previous shot!

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After leaving their local pub, Taffin and friends walk down Bridge Street in Wicklow town centre.

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They head round to the car park which is located just off Church Street. But as they attempt to drive away, they are confronted once more.

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Charlotte drives an injured but victorious Taffin along Main Street in Wicklow. The turning for Hillside Road is on the right.

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The building of the chemical plant is beginning and the local residents look on with disdain as the construction vehicles roll in to town along Abbey Street.

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...and head up along Main Street.

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The procession continues to rumble along Main Street (this shot is slightly further back along Main Street than the previous shot).

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Taffin's friend Ed (Gerard McSorley) and brother Mo go to visit Taffin with concern about Taffin getting involved with the chemical plant. Charlotte also weighs in, asking him if it's some kind of crappy macho prerogative. Her discussion enables Brosnan (a.k.a. Bron-Hom) to utter the most famous line from the film...! ("Then Maybe You Shouldn't Be Living Here!") This location is currently unidentified.

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Sabotage is the name of the game, as O'Rourke and co decide to take matters into their own hands with Wicklow Bay in the background, along with Broad Lough in the middle ground.

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A violent confrontation in the mens room leads O'Rourke to try once again to get Taffin involved. They talk to him at the harbour.

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Wicklow Harbour is where Taffin hears the further pleas for help.

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Councillor Gibson, Charles and Mr Martin discuss the ongoing events whilst playing golf at Wicklow Golf Club, just next to Dunbur Road. The small castle ruin that you can see in the middle ground on the centre of the shot is right next to the harbour from the previous image.

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Following Mr Conway's (Jim Bartley) failed attempt to use his men to get at Taffin, he himself attempts to talk to him outside of the club at a currently unidentified location.

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But Mark Taffin has other ideas by ramming his car.

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Taffin then drives off down a currently unidentified road.

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and speeds onto a currently unidentified main road.

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Conway follows close behind.

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Picking up speed from a left turn down to a currently unidentified road.

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Being in a rural area, a tractor gets in the way along a currently unidentified road.

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After the confrontation, Taffin talks with Charlotte on the headland just next to Wicklow harbour.

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Charlotte sets a trap by claiming Martin tried to attack her in his car (a 1956 Bentley S1). We are once again on Bridge Street, Wicklow, Ireland.

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This plan thus gets him involved with the police.

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Taffin's friend Ed (Gerard McSorley) poses as Taffin to mask the real Taffin's entering of Mr Martin's house. The house location is currently unidentified.

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The plan seems to have worked, as the locals celebrate the exit of the building vehicles at the field. Wicklow Bay is in the background on the right.

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Charlotte asks Taffin why he isn't happy that they've stopped the building. They are sat with the Black Castle in the background. Following the arrival of the Norman’s in 1169, Earl Strongbow was granted the lands along the Irish East Coast. He in turn granted those lands to Baron Maurice Fitzgerald on condition that he build castles for protection. You can also glimpse the castle location in the background of a previous shot when the 'bad guys' are playing golf.

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Then the couple notice a fire on the horizon over Wicklow town.

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Upon checking out the scene of the fire (which is at Mr Martin's house and currently unidentified), Taffin is worried that he will get the blame.

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O'Rourke and Liam (Frank Kelly - Jack from father Ted) also wonder if they are indirectly responsible because they also suspect Taffin did it.

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Mo picks Taffin up at the police station after Mark has been questioned by police. The police station location is on Church Street in Wicklow. Literally across the road from the location in capture 26 where Mr O'Rourke speaks to protesters just prior to marching on the town square.

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Mysterious guy Deacon (Ronan Wilmot) who actually started the fire, picks up his payment money at what seems to be Connolly railway Station in Dublin, Ireland.

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Meanwhile things get worse for Taffin as he returns to his base to find his belongings being cleared out. This location has since been demolished and is now the home of Wicklow County Council.

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Taffin, Mo and Ed (Gerard McSorley) cross the road (The Murrough) before Taffin tells them that he needs to be on his own for a while.

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Now alone, he pauses on Parnell Bridge to consider his options. In the background you can see the River Vartry with Bridge Street bridge. This shot is just down the road from Taffin's 'base' in the previous shot. Most of this film seems to actually match the real-life location geography of the towns.

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Deciding to get out of town, Taffin pulls into a garage located at Whitegate, Glebemount, Bollarney South, Wicklow, Ireland. This location still has a garage on the site, but the Ford Garage is now a Tesco Superstore (as of 2018).

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He ends up getting more than just petrol. The Abbey Service Garage building in the background is still there but is currently 'Barry Transport Logistics & Warehousing'.

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Pulling a gun on Conway, Taffin hatches a plan while being held hostage with a garrot. They drive out of the garage forecourt and on to Station Road.

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They drive up a currently unidentified road. This might be very near to where they filmed Taffin's base in Wicklow, possibly somewhere along The Murrough, maybe where Multimetals Recycling Ltd is now located.

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Noticing some erratic driving behind him, Deacon stops.

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He gets out to go and see if there is anything wrong with their captive.

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Deacon (Ronan Wilmot) is fooled at the critical moment.

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The two bad guys dealt with, Taffin sets fire to the car. The initial fire is seen from a currently unidentified location, but Wicklow town is in the background. This means this location is likely a bit further up The Murrough from Taffin's base location.

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Taffin tricks Dave (Dave Duffy) into thinking he's Deacon and meets him on Bull Island beach. The two chimneys you can see over Brosnan's shoulders belong to the Poolbeg Power Station. This is right next to the city of Dublin.

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Looking the other way over Dave Duffy's shoulders, you can see The Ben of Howth. This is a hilly area on Howth Head, a peninsula northeast of Dublin City in Ireland. Dave's characters car is a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL.

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A moody panarama over Bull Island Beach as Dave doesn't do what Taffin wants and it ends badly. Bull Island beach is part of a nature reserve.

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Charlotte arrives at the Busáras Central Bus Station on 22 Store St, North Dock, Dublin, Ireland and heads for the airport bus. But Taffin is about to surprise her and reminds her to "be cool". In the background is The Custom House, a neoclassical building used as a government office, designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791.