The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
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as Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle
as Dave Foley
as Jackie Brown
as Artie Van
as Sheila Coyle
as Manager of 2nd Bank
as The Man's Contact Man
as The Kid
as Mrs. Partridge
as Pale Kid
as The Beard
Critic Reviews for The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Robert Mitchum brings late-career gravitas to this brilliant Boston-set crime thriller.
[An] un-romanticized portrayal of organized crime ... In Coyle, the heists don't go according to plan, the gun dealers are teenagers or junkies, and mob hits are messy affairs.
Deep weariness and disappointment hover in every gesture and line reading, especially when [Robert Mitchum] manages to get off a funny remark
Peter Yates' crime drama is chock-full of wonderful moments, creative framing (especially an intrusion in a bank teller's home early on in the proceedings), and emotional punch.
Laced with a fatalism as romantic as its Beantown milieu is damp and grungy.
Audience Reviews for The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Eddie Fingers finally set free after being beaten around the bush (to save him from serving several years of prison life) by a cunning ATF agent. "Everybody ought to listen to his mother." Okay.
Above average mid period Mitchum drama. Very dated in look now but that adds to the feeling of the story. Excellent cast of character actors, most of whom were just starting out at the time.
Seventies noir that owes much of the austerity and realism to the cold city of Boston as well as to the the french crime thrillers of Jean Pierre Melville mostly to the superb "Le Doulos" as the character study of a man moving between two factions, Robert Mitchum as an old, weary weapons dealer turned into an informant to keep himself free from a conviction he thinks would be his last. The street prose of writer George Higgins, and Peter Yates' minimalist direction are the stronger points of this notable film.
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