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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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Robert Mitchum, The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Everett Collection

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
102 minutes
performer:
Peter Boyle, Robert Mitchum
director:
Peter Yates
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A

Long available only on cruddy bootleg discs, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is one of the best crime films of the ’70s — a decade that wasn’t exactly stingy with great crime films. Now digitally remastered by Criterion, it’s worth seeking out. Robert Mitchum plays a blue-collar hood who’s facing time in prison. Unless, of course, he rats out his pals. Mitchum looks like a doomed slab of granite and gives a dynamite performance. The tough-guy dialogue and working-class Boston locations are so realistic it almost feels like you’re watching a documentary. EXTRAS include a commentary by director Peter Yates. A