The Friends of Eddie Coyle1973
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
Critic Consensus: The Friends of Eddie Coyle sees Robert Mitchum in transformative late-career mode in a gritty and credible character study.
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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
A very fine film about real people on the fringes of both crime and law enforcement.
The cast lend the film an authority that Yates' curiously pedestrian approach fails to provide.
A good, tough, unsentimental movie about the last days of a small-time Boston hood.
A daft and insightful look at the gray world between criminal and straight.
Director Peter Yates' backdrops of the working-class outskirts of Boston during the shabbiest part of the 1970s are unparalleled.
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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