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Criterion Collection: Friends of Eddie Coyle [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TIQT6G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,758 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Original superb Criterion release, packed with usual extras and highest A/V standards.

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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2009
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Films about losers are not generally as popular as those about winners, and this certainly proved to be the case with "The Friends of Eddie Coyle". Those people that watched Martin Scorsese's lauded crime epic "The Departed", which scooped the 2006 oscar would be excused in thinking it was the best Boston crime movie ever made. They would be wrong! That accolade should go to "The Friends of Eddie Coyle", which was forgotten almost immediately on its release in 1973. By the time of the Oscars that year it had already slipped into complete obscurity, and over the years it became as grey as the tone of the film. The film was more depressing than exciting and was unable to gain an audience. Which was a great shame for a film that is surely one of the best examinations of the criminal fraternity ever made.

The film follows the dialogue driven fortunes of a small time hood turned informant through the seedy underbelly of the Bostonian underworld. The criminals are authentically portrayed as small time low life. The height of Eddie's ambition is simply to stay out of jail. He is not overly bright, and escape from this world he inhabits is not an option for him. Survival is! If you are looking for a happy ending then watch "The Wizard of Oz" and not this film! Robert Mitchum gives a magnificent understated performance in the lead, and should have received at least an oscar nomination. He was often accused of sleepwalking through films, but in this film he proves what a fine actor he was. His previous experience working in a chain gang and being busted for possession of marijuana obviously stood him in good stead for the role.
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"Eddie doesn't rob banks...He's about this high in the bunch but he gets around more than any man I've ever seen," says Dave Foley (Richard Jordan), a baby-faced Boston cop about as amoral as the wiseguys he hunts. Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) is a worn out, two-bit gunrunner. He provides untraceable revolvers when required. He draws the line at machine guns. Eddie is honorable in his way. He loves his family. He's just a low life who isn't all that shrewd. The fix he's in, because he can't take any more jail time, is what this superb Peter Yates' movie is all about.

"Look. I'm gettin' old, y'hear?" Eddie tells a young hood who deals in machine guns. "I spend most of my life hangin' around crummy joints with the punks drinkin' the beer, eatin' the hash an' hot dogs and watchin' the other people go off to Florida while I'm sweatin' how I'm goin' to pay the plumber. I done time when I stood up but I can't take no more chances. Next time it's goin' to be me goin' to Florida." Now he's facing more prison time for foolishly agreeing to drive a getaway car when he should have asked his friends some questions. He'll do just about anything to cut a deal for no jail time. He's nearly 50. He doesn't want his wife to go on welfare, doesn't want his three kids made fun of because their old man is doing time. He's squeezed by Dave Foley to inform...and Eddie decides he'll rat a little. He's too believing to understand he might be tagged for ratting big time. It's all betrayal, but Eddie doesn't really understand betrayal.
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A rare film in a superb transfer on dvd.
The film itself is a low-key masterpiece, perhaps the finest moment in Yates' filmography.
Robert Mitchum's performance resonates with the character's personal dead-end.
It is well worth purchasing the dvd.
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This downbeat crime drama features screen tough guy Robert Mitchum, in one of his later starring roles. Made in 1973, when Hollywood was turning out much glossier fare, here we see a different side of America. The seedy heart of Boston, dilapidated buildings, run-down housing, and small-time crooks.
Eddie Coyle is facing yet another jail term, and is desperate to avoid incarceration. A well-known gun runner, he is getting old and tired, his wife is nagging him, and he has problems at home with plumbing, and bills to pay. He will try anything, and decides to help one of his friends (Alex Rocco), as well as a persistent, rule-bending, ambitious cop, (Richard Jordan) who wants him to inform. He makes the mistake of turning to another friend, a bartender called Dillon, who is also not what he seems. It is soon apparent that the `friends' of the title, are anything but that.
With great set-pieces, terrific performances from a cast of jobbing actors, and Mitchum flawless in the lead role, this feels like a film about real crime, with no happy endings.
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A 70's cult classic. Everything about this film feels authentic of its time. This review is for the region 1 criterion dvd. It features a worthwhile commentary by the director Peter Yates, recorded a year before his death. I first saw the film when it was shown as part of the BBC Moviedrome series, this is the first time seeing it since but I really need to read the book on which it's based.
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