THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE

Director Peter Yates
Year 1973
Starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Alex Rocco, Richard Jordan
Rating R
Run Time 102min
More Info IMDb

Screening in 16mm as part of the series NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE: CRIME IN THE SEVENTIES.

In THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, Robert Mitchum stars as a low-level gunrunner for the mob who thinks his only hope at reducing his upcoming prison stretch is by turning informant. Based on the novel by George V. Higgins, the film features a super-funky score from Dave Grusin, 70's New Hollywood grit and killer performances by Peter Boyle, Alex Rocco, Steven Keats and noted creep-actor extraordinaire Joe Santos.

But the whole film is built around a perfect performance from Mitchum as the way-past-his-pirme, hangdog anti-hero Eddie "Fingers" Coyle. Mitchum dims his own marquee glow to anchor the picture as a desperate, drained, defeated man whose "friends" are anything but loyal. It's a film about haggling for survival amongst the stoolies and cops, criminal middlemen and the Man himself. World-weary yet sharp and dangerous, EDDIE COYLE is one of the grittiest and most evocative neo-noirs of the 1970s.

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