The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle sees Robert Mitchum in transformative late-career mode in a gritty and credible character study.

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Aging Boston gunrunner Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) is looking at several years of jail time for a hold-up if he doesn't funnel information to Dave Foley (Richard Jordan), an ATF agent. Eddie buys some guns from another gunrunner, Jackie Brown (Steven Keats), then gives him up to Foley, but the agent isn't satisfied. Conflicted, Eddie decides to also give up the gang of bank robbers he's been supplying, only to find that Foley already knows about them, and the mob believes Eddie snitched.

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Critic Reviews for The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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Audience Reviews for The Friends of Eddie Coyle

  • Jul 17, 2014
    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.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2014
    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.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2014
    Robert Mitchum is absolutely perfect as an aged associate of nefarious characters who tries to stay out of jail while also avoiding getting killed. Sobre seventies at its best.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2012
    "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" is one of the better crime dramas to emerge from the 1970s. There's a fine collection of 'tough guy' performances from the cast, which includes the likes of Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Alex Rocco and Steve Keats, who has the film's most interesting character and best performance. Peter Yates employs the same kind of gritty direction that he used in "Bullitt," which makes several scenarios tenser and more personal, such as the train station stakeout, the rifle exchange near the woods and the bank heist.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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