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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Consensus: The Friends of Eddie Coyle sees Robert Mitchum in transformative late-career mode in a gritty and credible character study.

Variety Staff

A very fine film about real people on the fringes of both crime and law enforcement.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

A daft and insightful look at the gray world between criminal and straight.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

In a quality cast, Peter Boyle stands out as the hitman and so-called "friend" who's given the job of eliminating Mitchum.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

The cast lend the film an authority that Yates' curiously pedestrian approach fails to provide.

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TV Guide

A bit gruesome, but potent viewing nonetheless.

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Sean Burns
The ARTery

The best Boston movie evah.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A good, tough, unsentimental movie about the last days of a small-time Boston hood.

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Sky Cinema

Chilling gangster melodrama.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
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