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Trojan Eddie

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About the only things Trojan Eddie (Rea) doesn’t sell at dodgy bargain-basement prices are horses and condoms (his nickname, it sez here on the box, is derived from the model of van he drives — apparently a U.K.-specific reference). And about the only thing more bothersome to this luckless salesman than being beholden to an aging, vicious mobster (Harris) is getting caught in the middle when said mobster’s pretty new bride runs off. Eddie’s a terrific character — a morose, world-weary soul who comes to life only when he’s delivering his practiced spiel before a roomful of marks — and Rea commands the screen whether shouting or sulking. When he’s absent, the film tends to lose focus and drag; fortunately, that isn’t too terribly often. B-

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