The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

DVD - 2009 | Special ed., widescreen
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World-weary and living hand to mouth, small-time gunrunner Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle (Mitchum) works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he's forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
Edition: Special ed., widescreen
ISBN: 9781604651430
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC F
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (videodisc) (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (44 p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.)


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in john lennon's last interview, he knocked John Wayne, whilst extolling Robert Mitchum as ' a man's man.' See what he meant in this film. what a great performance, from Mitchum. Peter Boyle is excellent as one of his friends. if you like Boston, there's a lot of it, in the background. The inevitable conclusion to the film delivers on its promise of realism.

Sep 29, 2017

This is a great crime film It's quiet and patient and an interesting character study of an aging, beaten-down criminal. Robert Mitchum is magnificent. He delivers a few monologues to a up-and-coming gun runner that are a pitch perfect, by turns scolding and annoyed, as well as fatherly. This is crime fiction that's hearty and substantial, without all that flash and fetishism that became so popular in the genre.

Sep 25, 2017

One of the top crime movies of the 20th century -- fulsome praise, I know, but appropriate. The movie is not entirely linear, though not obscure either, and you have to pay close attention to its plot and character developments. Repeated viewings are recommended...Robert Mitchum as Eddie Coyle deserved an Oscar nomination, but then many of his roles usually did. Mitchum, pathetic yet proud, is trying to cut a deal to avoid a two-year prison sentence, and time is getting short for him. Peter Boyle as bartender Dillon, who has an interesting sideline occupation, and Richard Jordan as the treacherous federal agent Dave Foley, were tops in their roles.

Feb 03, 2017

I was looking for entertainment and this wasn't it.

A perfect film. A crime drama stripped down to basic reality. Set in Boston, Robert Mitchum plays Eddie Coyle, an everyman who hustles to support his wife and children by purchasing guns for bank robbers. His "friends" are fellow hoodlums who keep him working. What is fascinating is the poisonous milieu of the professional criminal and the role of the federal government (here represented brilliantly by Richard Jordan as an ATF agent). The movie, released in 1973, basically tells the whole Whitey Bulger story that will unfold in Boston.

May 20, 2016

Another brilliant but forgotten film from Hollywood's greatest decade of artistic triumph, the 1970s.

A crime flick with very little action or violence, this is a fascinating Boston-area character study, shot on location and highlighted by subtle, superior performances by Mitchum and Peter Boyle.

What little attention this film receives seems to revolve around the character with the Tarantino-esque name Jackie Brown (whose name is never even spoken in the film), but the brilliant acting, directing and photography here reward multiple viewings. Other performances of note: Richard Jordan and Alex Rocca (Moe Green in the Godfather).

This is a classic, one of a kind and completely absorbing. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

Sep 17, 2015

This DVD was so scratched from prior use that it freezes and skips over many scenes, which made it harder to watch and enjoy.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

This film is quite startling in its uncompromising realism. The criminal world is at its most stripped-down and unglorified here. The shady goings-on do not occur in the dark, litter-spotted alleyways of nighttime New York City, but in a daylight-soaked parking lot of a small suburban supermarket or a peaceful, leaf-covered Autumnal park. No dramatic, meaningful death scenes, but a few cold, clumsy killings.

Quite an interesting film.

btmslt May 15, 2013

This film was at times interesting and at others too slow moving and boring. The characters are not too interesting but seeing the pictures of the 1970's Boston area was interesting.

Dec 31, 2012

nice cars and nice trip down nostalgia lane, not a great story. nice to see the lieutenant from the Rockford files with a bit more hair and playing a bad guy.

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Oct 26, 2018

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Jun 29, 2012

Jackie Brown: "This life's HARD man, but it's HARDER if you're stupid!"

Jun 29, 2012

Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: "Can you imagine being a kid like that. What is he, twenty four, or something? Greatest hockey player in the world. Number four - Bobby Orr. Jeez, what a future he's got, huh?"


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btmslt May 15, 2013

A small time criminal deals with weather or not to become a snitch in order to avoid jail.


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