Trojan Eddie (Stephen Rea) is a wheeler-dealer in a small Irish town, reliant for his stock on local godfather John Power (Richard Harris), who intimidates Eddie into doing his dirty work for him. When Power marries Kathleen (Aislin McGluckin), a girl less than half his age, she promptly runs away with his son Dermot (Stuart Townsend) and the £100,000 dowry. Power orders Eddie to get Kathleen back, but when he tracks down Dermot he offers Eddie half the money. The scene is set for violent retribution.
I enjoyed this film from start to finish. Good performances from all the cast and a story combining tragedy and humour kept it interesting to the end. Set entirely in Ireland with each of the main characters having problems of their own alongside the main theme, it moved along at a good pace. Richard Harris and Brendan Gleeson as father and son made a good team.
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4.0 out of 5 starsWell worth watching27 Oct 1999
By Gerard V. Furey - Published on Amazon.com
It's too bad the celtic tiger government doesn't support its film industry. Films such as this don't make it over here because they're not supported. They don't have that sappy 'lucky charms' and leprechaun lack of mind. "Trojan Eddie" is a tale about the "Travellers" a minority in Ireland whom the Irish don't like to talk about too much.Richard Harris is the Patriarch and Stephen Rea a a bumbling jester type. Both are excellent in their roles and the laughter at the end is warmly chilling.