‘Then maybe you shouldn’t be living here!’ – Taffin (1988)
Who made Pierce Brosnan’s Leather Jacket in Taffin?
Taffin is mostly seen wearing a classic vintage U-Boat peacoat which suggests a naval background? Ex-army turned debt collector. It’s a lapelled jacket with a half belt and western yolk at the back and military tabs on the cuffs. As this is a vintage you can find these quite readily on eBay.
My thoughts on Taffin
Taffin is a film about Pierce Brosnan’s hair, and much like how North by NorthWest is about Cary Grant’s suit and what happens to it, Taffin is about Pierce Brosnan’s hair and the adventures it goes on.
Taffin lives in an annex much like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse. In fact it has a Roadhouse meets Father Ted vibe, in the case of some scenes. It wants to be Roadhouse but the fight scenes are too slapstick, then it wants to be Get Carter but doesn’t have the guile or the writing.
Taffin doesn’t have many hard edges. Despite the bravado, the of shirt-off, chest hair-out moments, it barely puffs hard enough to knock the plume off a dead dandelion.
Brosnan’s accent is all over the road in this film also, its like he’s desperate to get back to his Irish roots, yet still cant shake the Remmington Steele inflections.
AND it’s interesting that the author of the book, Lyndon Mallet said he didn’t want Brosnan because he didn’t want the main lead to be good looking. He wanted him to be overweight, and look like he had some menace about him. (Paraphrasing).
And I think I get his point because at some moments during the film, you just can’t get over how f*cking cool Brosnan looks. Just check out this shot below. It’s the best in the entire movie.
Just Pierce Brosnan walking into shot. pic.twitter.com/7YQiLEIXjJ
— From Tailors With Love (@tailorswithlove) June 23, 2023
That said it’s a low budget movie, so low it looks like even the rich corporates made miniature models from used toilet rolls. So you have to cut it some slack.
Costume Designer quotes
The costumes for Taffin were designed by Imogen Magnus according to IMDB and tracking down anything that relates to the clothes in this little indie film after 30 odd years was quite struggle. Although I did find this transcript in the British Library, from an interview she did in 2013,
Oh film, film making, yes, yes. I’ve worked all over the world, I’ve been very lucky; I’ve worked in America, in Sri Lanka, all over Europe, Ireland. Oh yes, I worked with a young Irish actor some years ago, I hadn’t heard of him, he was called Pierce Brosnan. He’s doing okay now. Very nice man. He was the lead in this small Irish film. Very nice man. Very witty, really got the hang of what we wanted to do very quickly.
Rotten Tomatoes: Taffin
Whilst it seems critics haven’t discovered Taffin yet it’s clearly a fan favourite One audience member reviews it as: Taffin may be one of the greatest Irish films ever made. DON’T fuck with Taffin! (anon)
Fascinating Sh*t from: YourProps, IMDB Trivia, or PropStore or Wiki.
Shopping list for Taffin
- As the brand for the jacket is unknown I will recommend some eBay alternatives for the classic vintage U-Boat peacoat.
- Vintage Levi Trucker Jacket.
- Ending scene incognito full rim sunglasses by Adidas. Taffin looks to wear the Persol 69218 Ratti when he delivers the famous ‘maybe you shouldn’t be living here’ line. (With thanks to Ryan from Iconic Film Style). Further agreement online on the instagram thread says, ‘they are 100% The same ones Pesci wears in Casino.’
- Alternative Men’s Jewellery by Dion Dreyes.