The Friends of Eddie Coyle Reviews
I dig the story. Eddie Coyle is a shady man with loads of shady friends, but after spending some time in jail he has got to cool down his own crime efforts. He still does some jobs and one of them makes sure he is up for severe time behind bars. One way to get out of it is to rat out on some of his friends. He still knows what they're up to, so it's not very hard to get details. He trusts a cop to fix him a good deal so he decides to snitch on some old mates.
Great acting - cool characters everywhere that we gradually get to know better. Robert Mitchum is doing very well as the lead, so is Steven Keats as Jackie Brown and Richard Jordan as the cop.
The pace is very smooth, so are the surroundings and atmosphere. Neat dialogue and funny punchlines and real talk. Great masks in that first hit, that needs a mention. It's great to see Peter Boyle from "Everybody Loves Raymond", with as little hair then as he had in the newer series. It influenced "Jackie Brown" a whole lot I have read, but I have not seen that one in a very long time so I never spotted similarities, but there probably are.
Over 40 years old, but stands as a very good film. They are not made like this anymore, sadly.
8.5 out of 10 nice days.