The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Peter Yates (1973)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Robert Mitchum appears in an unfamiliar role, playing an ageing small-time gangster and cynical police informer who is relentlessly pursued by the mobsters he has betrayed. In a quality cast, Peter Boyle stands out as the hitman and so-called "friend" who's given the job of eliminating Mitchum. Peter Yates, the British director who forged his Hollywood reputation with the incredible car chase in the Oscar-winning Bullitt, gives this crime drama a more subtle tone, turning the story into a fable about urban violence. This was an important performance by Mitchum in terms of his career, with his subsequent characters often displaying the same distinctive world-weary outlook on life.


A small-time mobster antagonises his former partners by becoming a police informer. Crime thriller, starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle and Richard Jordan.

Cast & Crew

Actor Robert Mitchum
Actor Peter Boyle
Actor Richard Jordan
Actor Steven Keats
Director Peter Yates

Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Guidance: Contains swearing and some violence. Available on: DVD and Blu-ray