The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

Based on the best-selling novel by George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle chronicles the last days of a weary Boston-based weapons dealer. Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) doesn't want to serve a life sentence in prison, so he… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 26, 1973
DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Friends of Eddie Coyle sees Robert Mitchum in transformative late-career mode in a gritty and credible character study.

G.J. Fleming
Orlando Sentinel

Thanks to Mitchum's finest job of acting in a long while, a strong story and polished direction, "Eddie Coyle" is a surprisingly interesting character study.

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John Huddy
Miami Herald

A beautifully constructed, finely acted drama that is starkly realistic at all turns.

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Paine Knickerbocker
San Francisco Examiner

Under Peter Yates' direction, Robert Mitchum -- who in talented hands has always been one of the screen's top actors -- and Peter Boyle are touching, chilling, and excellent.

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Elston Brooks
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

Yates has fashioned one of the year's tautest dramas without having to rely on gimmicks like the premier high-speed auto chase that trademarked his earlier "Bullitt."

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

t's all too easy to get lost... Even so, the implication and the pathos of the plight of Coyle, who is played with tragic insight and immense wounded dignity by Mitchum, rises above the surrounding confusion.

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Nigel Watson

For a gritty crime thriller without any gloss, this is it.

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Rex Reed
New York Daily News

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle has moments of tenderness and fascination in the subtle way it depicts the horror that lurks behind the faces of ordinary people.

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William B. Collins
Philadelphia Inquirer

It's as if director Peter Yates regretted all the excitement he whipped up in "Bullitt" and wanted to make an understatement. He has succeeded too well.

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

Eddie Coyle works as Yates's earlier films do not. It works because Yates's habitually uncommitted point-of-view is appropriate to the seasoned, didactic monotone of George V. Higgins's novel.

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familiar stranger
Eddie Fingers finally set free after being beaten around the bush (to save him from serving several years of prison life) by a cunning ATF agent.… More
Jonathan Hutchings
The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a very good example of gritty 1970s Hollywood. It's also a great example of how a crime film should be made: methodically,… More
jay nixon
Above average mid period Mitchum drama. Very dated in look now but that adds to the feeling of the story. Excellent cast of character actors, most of whom were… More
Ken Stachnik
Gritty and realistic with great cinematography and acting. The story however is a little slow, but worth checking out if you're a fan of crime films.
Pierluigi Puccini
Seventies noir that owes much of the austerity and realism to the cold city of Boston as well as to the the french crime thrillers of Jean Pierre Melville… More
Michael Gildea
What Friends of Eddie Coyle does have going for it is some knockout performances from Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle. And despite my complete and total lack of… More