The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Peter Yates (1973)

101min
X Certificate
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Review

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.

Summary

Eddie's friends are numerous, but the term friends is suspect. As a small time hood Eddie is about to go back to jail. In order to escape this fate he deals information on stolen guns to the feds. Simultaneously he is supplying arms to his bank robbing/kidnapping hoodlum chums. But who else is dealing with the feds? Who gets the blame for snitching on the bank robbers?

Cast & Crew

Eddie Coyle Robert Mitchum
Dillon Peter Boyle
Dave Foley Richard Jordan
Jackie Steven Keats
Scalise Alex Rocco
Artie Van Joe Santos
Waters Mitchell Ryan
Partridge Peter MacLean
Director Peter Yates
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Other Information

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