is a 1998 Irish martial arts movie. Ireland's only martial arts movie, and perhaps for a very good reason
It tells the story of one Jimmy Bennett, a martial artist, returning to his hometown, Trim, after a decade in reform school, to investigate the death of his father. Along the way, he runs into the local drug ring, who are determined to win a local fighting contest, which will supposedly allow them to control the town, who may be connected to his father's death
, as well as a mysterious monk, and the beautiful Nicola.The whole thing can be seen on Youtube
, starting here
. Also see Obscurus Lupa
's review here
- All Monks Know Kung-Fu
- Badass: Jimmy.
- Bar Brawl
- Bang Bang BANG: Averted, incredibly. The punches and kicks are louder than the gunshots in this movie.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Just before the final battle (and the infamous car crash), a man in a cowboy hat and a speedo appears, takes off his speedo and jumps into a heated open-air bathtub. The scene then changes to Jimmy driving and shooting at the Drug Lord bodyguards before crashing his car. After the crash and the ensuing explosion, the naked cowboy jumps out of his bathtub and runs off screen. His sudden presence in the film is never explained and he is never seen again.
- Blatant Lies: Nicola brings Jimmy an apple tart that she claims she made herself. The tart is clearly bought from the supermarket where she works.
- Bond One-Liner: "Enjoy the slide!"
- The Brute: Seagull.
- Combat Pragmatist: Everybody in the Bealtaine Tournament.
- Click Hello: "I'm not paying you to sit on your arse smoking."
- And again at the end of the movie. Jimmy simply disarms the Big Bad, gives him a Pre-Mortem One-Liner, then shoots him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Jimmy. Or he would be if his lines weren't so filled with Narm.
- His accent doesn't help with this.
- The Danza - Pretty much the entire cast. Justified in that none of them had ever acted before and would probably have difficulty responding to other names.
- Dull Surprise: Nicola. Dear God, Nicola.
- Fan Disservice: One Mook strips naked, barring a cowboy hat and gets into an outdoor bath for no real reason.
- Fighting Irish
- Gangsta Style: Mikey's preferred method of firearms handling.
- Hey, It's That Guy! - Mikey Graham of Boyzone fame as The Dragon. And he's the best actor in the entire film. Seriously.
- Inevitable Tournament - The Bealtaine tournament, which for some reason, will allow the winner to take control of the town.
- Informed Attractiveness - You'd swear by the way men fawn over Nicola that she was played by Scarlett Johansson.
- Ironic Echo: This little gem from the ending.
- Just Plane Wrong - Seagull flies from Hong Kong to Trim in a Cessna.
- Katanas Are Just Better - The Big Bad's weapon of choice when he killed Jimmy's father.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes - For years, getting a full working copy of this movie was damn near impossible. The film really only gained its cult popularity after Colin Murphy reviewed it on The Blizzard Of Odd.
- No Budget: This movie cost £8900 to make.
- No Kill Like Overkill - In the climax of the film, Jimmy shoots a gangster in the head twice, then administers a rather unneeded roundhouse kick to the head.
- Oh Crap: The bouncers at the pub Jimmy is refused from for no reason when he charges at them.
- Old Shame - For Mikey Graham anyway. This troper remembers seeing an interview where he was on a documentary about Irish actors trying to get their break in the States. Fatal Deviation is mentioned and he went all quiet.
- Storming the Castle: The climax, in which Jimmy wipes out most of the gang to rescue Nicola.
- Throw It In: The car crash in the climax was unscripted.
- Training Montage: Several.
- Two Shots From Behind The Bar
- Unnecessary Combat Roll - Jimmy rolls across the bonnet of a car and then back again in the middle of a fight for no reason.
- You Killed My Father