The Friends of Eddie Coyle
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Based on the best-selling novel by George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle chronicles the last days of a weary Boston-based weapons dealer. Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) doesn't want to serve a life sentence in prison, so he becomes an informant for both the police and the treasury department. Coyle is likewise unwilling to give up his lifestyle, thus he continues his illegal gun-running operation for the underworld. The mob becomes aware that Eddie is squealing to the cops, so they send his best friend, Dillon (Peter Boyle), to rub him out. Dillon compassionately takes Eddie out on… More

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"Deep weariness and disappointment hover in every gesture and line reading, especially when [Robert Mitchum] manages to get off a funny remark"
‑ Geoffrey O'Brien, Film Comment Magazine
"Great icon-smashing and icon-making all in one."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Though the picture doesn't really establish itself as any kind of masterpiece, it's a very, very good example of gritty 1970s Hollywood filmmaking."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Mitchum's true swan song"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"Peter Yates' crime drama is chock-full of wonderful moments, creative framing (especially an intrusion in a bank teller's home early on in the proceedings), and emotional punch."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Mitchums low-key performance as a total schlemiel is one of his finest."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"... [Robert] Mitchum is at his best as a tired professional still hustling because it's all he knows."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"A bleak look at how the Boston underworld operates."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Laced with a fatalism as romantic as its Beantown milieu is damp and grungy."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"a slow burn crime thriller that may lack flash, but is heavy with presence"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"It's a slug's-eye view of autumnal Greater Boston, remote when not sleazy; even when Mitchum and Boyle attend a Bruins hockey game, it's in the nosebleed seats."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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