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Mitchum great as always, in a downbeat gem of a movie...,
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This review is from: Criterion Collection: Friends of Eddie Coyle [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Talk about 'blink and you'll miss it'; this film sank without trace on release, and this excellent Criterion Collection DVD I had to buy from Amazon marketplace. Don't matter how you get it, this is a tremendous film, and like many of the best 1970s movies, it bristles with a palpable tension under a surface where everything seems low-key. Robert Mitchum supplies an understated performance that is as careworn and lived in as his face. His 'Eddie Coyle' is brow-beaten and surfing the scum alongside a bunch of unsympathetic characters who never get above the gutter. And yet, for all its lack of shoot-'em-up action, is an intesnely rewarding watch, and has got better with age. Other reviewers have gone into more detail, so I won't repeat what they say, other than to recommend that you watch and enjoy this absorbing and quietly poignant film.