Politeness and bonhomie are strictly provisional, and everybody knows it, which is what gives this film its terrible sadness. In the miserable economy of power in Boston's rumpled gray underworld, Eddie and his \"friends\" are all expendable, and the ones left standing play every side against the middle, their white-knuckle terror carefully concealed under several layers of nonchalance and resignation. There's not a punch thrown, and only two fatal shots are fired, but this seemingly artless film leaves a deeper impression of dog-eat-dog brutality than many of the blood-soaked extravaganzas that preceded it and have come in its wake.
Taken from George V. Higgins' source book, the show examines the dilemma of a petty thief-loser as he scrambles for survival. Boston crook Eddie \"Fingers\" Coyle (Robert Mitchum) has been running with mob types his entire adult life. Now he's facing a two-year minimum jail sentence for transporting stolen goods. His associates have offered no legal assistance, even though Eddie has stayed mum about his fellow smugglers. A stubborn Irish-American with three kids, Coyle is the kind of guy that takes his own trash out to the curb. He loves his hardworking wife and doesn't want to see her go on welfare. Lately, he's been putting bread on the table by serving as a middleman between gunrunner Jackie Brown (Steven Keats) and bank robber Jimmy Scalise (Alex Rocco). Eddie's only real pal is Dillon (Peter Boyle), a bartender and unofficial keeper of secrets between hoods. Desperate to avoid prison, Eddie approaches Treasury agent Dave Foley (Richard Jordan) with the idea of a trade: if Eddie snitches on his friends, will Dave intercede in his case
The Criterion Collection's Blu-ray of The Friends of Eddie Coyle makes a strong impression in HD, with a solid color transfer packed with detail. Forget about those grainy old TV prints. Victor Kemper's unfussy lighting brings out every wrinkle and age spot in Robert Mitchum's weary face. The \"twinkle in the eye\" sharpness encourages us to study every face on screen, trying to determine which of Eddie's 'friends' is sincere, if any.
Robert Mitchum may be my all-time favorite actor, and I can think of no more ideal late-career role for him than as an aging, defeated crook who tries to sell out his \"friends\" to avoid another few years up the river, but winds up playing a rigged game. What struck me most this time around is how masterfully Peter Yates stages the handful of suspense setpieces in this film-- very Rififi-esque in the way they develop quietly and matter-of-factly, with minimal sound cues. Seems to be that Yates' lack of big '70s auteur status is the only thing keeping this movie from being considered among the decade's best.
Documentarian voyeurism permeates the style of The Friends of Eddie Coyle. The stylistic approach allows the viewer to casually peer unnoticed from afar and absorb a cultural lesson while watching the end of days for Eddie Coyle and his friends.
Or does he have another opportunity Eddie can turn in his friends and, hopefully, avoid prison. Or is it much too late to cut a deal For Eddie, nothing comes easy and life always remains the perpetual struggle and bad choices.
This New York Times bestseller from Dennis Lehane is a gripping, unnerving psychological thriller about the effects of a savage killing on three former friends in a tightly knit, blue-collar Boston neighborhood.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 film about a low level Boston gangster who, after his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.
The old proverb \"With friends like these, who needs enemies\" is a likely question asked by many of the characters in Peter Yates' 1973 crime drama 'The Friends of Eddie Coyle.' Based on the debut novel of George V. Higgins, the film delivers a brutal, realistic look into Boston's criminal underworld at the time, informed by Higgins' day job as an Assistant United States Attorney.
Join Barry Marshall, Senior Affiliated Faculty member in the Visual and Media Arts Department at Emerson College, to view and discuss the gritty 1973 film The Friends of Eddie Coyle, in which a low-level Boston gangster, played by Robert Mitchum, decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.
The macadam jungle -- round about the Boston suburbs up to New Hampshire -- as traveled by Eddie Coyle alias Eddie Fingers who is just a thief but shrewd and ready to blat if he can clear himself with the law, and some of his friends -- Jackie Brown who can procure machineguns for the Mafia, or is it the Panthers; and Artie Van who robs banks -- there's a heist now. This small-time crime is seen through the gunsight of a federal cop (Higgins is now a U.S. District Attorney in Boston) and it doesn't add up to a really substantial story; but the gut vernacular is pretty entertaining even if effing other word is effingly awful. All of it's as sharp as the retort of one of those machineguns. 59ce067264