The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 26, 1973
DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
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Lewis Porteous
The Skinny

Robert Mitchum brings late-career gravitas to this brilliant Boston-set crime thriller.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Mitchums low-key performance as a total schlemiel is one of his finest.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

[An] un-romanticized portrayal of organized crime ... In Coyle, the heists don't go according to plan, the gun dealers are teenagers or junkies, and mob hits are messy affairs.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Laced with a fatalism as romantic as its Beantown milieu is damp and grungy.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a slow burn crime thriller that may lack flash, but is heavy with presence

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Geoffrey O'Brien
Film Comment Magazine

Deep weariness and disappointment hover in every gesture and line reading, especially when [Robert Mitchum] manages to get off a funny remark

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Rob Gonsalves

Great icon-smashing and icon-making all in one.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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familiar stranger
Eddie Fingers finally set free after being beaten around the bush (to save him from serving several years of prison life) by a cunning ATF agent.… More
Jonathan Hutchings
The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a very good example of gritty 1970s Hollywood. It's also a great example of how a crime film should be made: methodically,… More
jay nixon
Above average mid period Mitchum drama. Very dated in look now but that adds to the feeling of the story. Excellent cast of character actors, most of whom were… More
Ken Stachnik
Gritty and realistic with great cinematography and acting. The story however is a little slow, but worth checking out if you're a fan of crime films.
Pierluigi Puccini
Seventies noir that owes much of the austerity and realism to the cold city of Boston as well as to the the french crime thrillers of Jean Pierre Melville… More
Michael Gildea
What Friends of Eddie Coyle does have going for it is some knockout performances from Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. And despite my complete and total lack of… More