Trojan Eddie

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Trojan Eddie
Directed by Gillies MacKinnon
Written by Billy Roche
Release date
  • 29 August 1997 (1997-08-29)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Trojan Eddie is a 1996 British-Irish crime drama film directed by Gillies MacKinnon.

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