The Friends of Eddie Coyle (18*)


17 May 2014
Cinema 2

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‘Blunt, perfect filmmaking’ The Guardian
Robert Mitchum ’s career looked to be running out of steam when, in 1973, the opportunity arose with this film to put his famously laconic, heavy-lidded manner to the service of a gritty, New Hollywood thriller. As ageing, small-time hoodlum Eddie ‘Fingers’ Coyle, Mitchum gives us a strong, silent type of the world-weary variety; in a legendary career, it stands as one of his finest performances.

As the film opens, Eddie, a low-grade weapons dealer, is scraping by on the side-lines of the seedy Boston underworld. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch in prison, he’s forced to weigh loyalty to his mob ‘friends’ against snitching for the police to stay free.

Based on the novel by George V Higgins (whose source novel gave us 2012’s Killing Them Softly), and directed with a sharp eye for its gritty locales by Bullitt director Peter Yates, this is a sorely-neglected treasure of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking.

US 1973 Dir Peter Yates 102 min

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Strong, Silent Types

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