The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

DVD - 2009
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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] : The Criterion Collection, 2009, c1973.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781604651430
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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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.

vtxryder13 Oct 19, 2012

Very good, and felt very real.
Great film, not any over the top
moments. Strong performances.
Mitchum is a tragic figure here.
Not an anti-hero but more of a victim. The violence is also understated.
Not an 'action film', so intelligent underbelly and/or underworld view.

Jan 14, 2012

Terrific '73 crime flick filmed in Boston (and suburbs) from the days of "Whitey" Bulger, muscle cars, and helmet-less hockey players (yikes). Perfect role for tough guy Mitchum. Everybody Loves Raymond's dad Peter Boyle except Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle... FIVE STARS.

Outstanding film. Great pacing and you actually feel like you understand where all the characters are coming from.


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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

btmslt thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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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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