Trojan Eddie


It must have looked good on paper - a human interest drama produced by the good men and women at Channel Four Films(who are getting pretty good at this earthy, low-budget sort of thing), but this time it's centred in modern-day, rural Ireland, and with an undercurrent of shady goings-on, deception and murder. Gillies Mackinnon, responsible for last year's critically lauded Small Faces, handles the directing chores deftly, and the film stars big-time Irish regulars Stephen Rea and Richard Harris. Yes, everything in the Trojan Eddie garden looks positively rosy. So why do the words "botched" and "job" spring so nimbly to mind?

The basic plot, such as it is, holds some promise. Rea is "Trojan" Eddie, a down-on-his-luck market stall worker who has an uneasy relationship with his employer, John Power (Harris), the charismatic and powerful leader of a band of local travellers. Things start to go wrong when Power falls for and marries Kathleen (Aislin McGucklin), a young traveller girl. On the night of the wedding - and with the reluctant assistance of Eddie - Kathleen runs off with Power's nephew, taking the £11,000 dowry money with them. An understandably pissed-off Power sends his henchman on a mission to find the couple, at the same time casting a suspicious eye on our Ed.

The problem, then? Trojan Eddie is lumbered with such a slow narrative, such sketchy characterisation and so lifeless a script that, were it an ailing human being, you'd be checking for its pulse. Sadly, what could have been a powerful little drama ends up a near-non-event, much more suited to a 14" TV screen than a large silver one. Despite some decent performances - Harris is genuinely menacing - this is a gloomy and low-key production which, like the bird that swallowed the anvil, is completely incapable of getting off the ground. It fails to engage not only your emotions but, tragically, your interest.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: March 21st 1997

User Reviews

    • krister

      Oct 28th 2010, 4:50

      As louis vuitton loafers louis vuitton sandals Salsa has become more popular louis vuitton bikini so has the louis vuitton scarf need for the gucci t shirt dance wear that gucci boots for women is needed men gucci shoes when gucci womens shoes you dance. Shoes are louis vuitton shoes louis vuitton flats one of the most gucci shoes high tops important parts gucci scarf of dance wear for the gucci jeans dancer. Dance shoes gucci sunglasses differ cheap gucci shoes from regular in gucci mens loafers many ways. louis vuitton shirts First regular gucci shoes gucci outlet shoes are louis vuitton sunglasses designed louis vuitton slippers to look attractive gucci shoes for men as its first priority, louis vuitton jeans and then they are made to be as comfortable as possible. Of course, compromises have to be made. The most beautiful shoes are certainly not necessarily comfortable if not uncomfortable and they will not be made for high impact activities.

      Alert a moderator

    • EdgeMan22

      Dec 2nd 2010, 16:12

      Valuable information and excellent design you got here! Keep up the good work ! cuban cigars | cohiba cigars | montecristo cigars

      Alert a moderator

    • tomic

      Dec 17th 2010, 8:31


      mbt mbt shoes cheap discount mbt shoes reebok easy tone reebok easy tone shoes reebok shoes nfl jerseys ugg boots on sale ugg boots uk discount ugg boots new era caps wholesale adidas shoes cheap adidas shoes wholesale new era caps uggs boots vibram five fingers Mbt Shoes ugg boots uk nfl jerseys nfl jerseys ugg uk skechers develops skechers develops reebok careers reebok careers mlb trade rumors mlb trade rumors Shape Ups Shoes Shape Ups Shoes GHDs wholesale ghd skechers shape ups new era caps wholesale abercrombie fitch wholesale wholesale new era caps nfl jerseys wholesale ugg boots uk shape ups shoes canada goose jackets Jordan shoes wholesale ghd hair straighteners wholesale new era caps wholesale discount ugg boots wholesale new era caps moncler jackets jordan shoes wholesale doudoune moncler replica handbags wholesale

      Alert a moderator

    • jordansshoes

      Feb 22nd 2011, 9:00

      Abundance is a life cheap nike jordan on sale style, a way of living your life. It isnt something jordan shoes eleven you buy now and then or pull down from the official nike jordan shoes cupboard, dust off and use once or twice, and then air jordans 1 return to the cupboard.Abundance is a philosophy; it appears in your air jordans six rings physiology, your value system, and carries its own jordan retro eights set of beliefs. You walk with it, sleep with it, bath with it, feel buy jordan elevens with it, and need to maintain and take care of it as well.Abundance doesnt always men orginialjordan retro elevens require money. Many people live with all that jordan retro elevens money can buy yet live empty inside. Abundance begins inside with some air jordan 13 main self-ingredients, like love, care, kindness and gentleness, thoughtfulness and jordan retro 14 compassion. Abundance is a state of being. It radiates air jordan 4 outward. It shines like the sun among the many moons in the nike jordans world.Being from the brightness of abundance doesnt allow the new air jordans darkness to appear or be in the path unless a choice to allow authentic nike air jordan shoes it to. The true state of abundance doesnt have men's air jordan on sale room for lies or games normally played. The jordan shoes clearance space is too full of abundance. This may be a challenge because we still need to jordan on sale free shipping shine for other to see. HYD

      Alert a moderator

Most Popular