Long available only on cruddy bootleg discs, The Friends of Eddie Coyle is one of the best crime films of the ’70s — a decade that wasn’t exactly stingy with great crime films. Now digitally remastered by Criterion, it’s worth seeking out. Robert Mitchum plays a blue-collar hood who’s facing time in prison. Unless, of course, he rats out his pals. Mitchum looks like a doomed slab of granite and gives a dynamite performance. The tough-guy dialogue and working-class Boston locations are so realistic it almost feels like you’re watching a documentary. EXTRAS include a commentary by director Peter Yates. A
Genre: Drama; Starring: Peter Boyle, Robert Mitchum; Director: Peter Yates; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: R
Posted May 13 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
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