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Criterion Collection: Friends of Eddie Coyle [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
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.
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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Boston criminal Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle (Robert Mitchum) is in the mire, the cops have him bang to rights and he's facing a long stretch in the big house. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Spike Owen
After the huge success of "Bullitt", Peter Yates spent the whole of the rest of his career trying to come up with something that would be equally acclaimed, and he didn't... Read morePublished 5 months ago by gustavus
Based on the book by George V. Higgins, the film tells the story of Eddie "fingers" Coyle, (an ageing Robert Mitchum) an... Read more
Robert Mitchum is excellent here. As usual, his does it all in miniature, with subtlety his great strength: his expression capturing the moment and feeling in detail. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Simon Turner
I bought this dvd mainly because of the reviews here as I did not know anything about it.Being a fan of low key films with substance I found this very "me"! Read morePublished on 12 July 2014 by Nice_Lieutenant
Eddie Coyle is an ageing career criminal who is about to go down for a stretch, and naturally, he doesn't wanna go. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2013 by Arch Stanton
THE OTHER GUY SAID IT ALL ,I JUST WANT TO ADD THIS IS A NO FRILLS MOVIE,THIS FILM WAS COPIED IN REAL LIFE AROUND THE EIGHTIES,EDDIE COYLE IS AN OLD CROOK RUNNING OUT OF TIME,THE... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2010 by A. Hussain