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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

  • Drama
  • 1973
  • Peter Yates
  • 101 mins
  • X

Summary

Crime drama starring Robert Mitchum as ageing hoodlum Eddie Coyle. Facing a long prison sentence, Coyle is asked to inform on a gang that is planning a bank robbery. Having little choice but to comply, Coyle becomes increasingly drawn into the dangerous world of the police informant.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Robert Mitchum appears in an unfamiliar role here, playing an ageing small-time gangster who turns police informer in an effort to wriggle out of jail time. In a quality cast, Peter Boyle stands out as the barman 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Eddie CoyleRobert Mitchum
DillonPeter Boyle
Dave FoleyRichard Jordan
JackieSteven Keats
ScaliseAlex Rocco
Artie VanJoe Santos
WatersMitchell Ryan
PartridgePeter MacLean

Crew

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DirectorPeter Yates

Details

Theatrical distributor
C.I.C. (UK)
Guidance
Contains swearing and some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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