The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Friends of Eddie Coyle1973

The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)



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

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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 becomes an informant for both the police and the treasury department. Coyle is likewise unwilling to give up his lifestyle, thus he continues his illegal gun-running operation for the underworld. The mob becomes aware that Eddie is squealing to the cops, so they send his best friend, Dillon (Peter Boyle), to rub him out. Dillon compassionately takes Eddie out on the town, treating him to dinner and a hockey game...then drives to a deserted field to carry out his orders. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Robert Mitchum
as Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle
Richard Jordan
as Dave Foley
Steven Keats
as Jackie Brown
Alex Rocco
as Scalise
Joe Santos
as Artie Van
Helena Carroll
as Sheila Coyle
Peter MacLean
as Partridge
Kevin O'Morrison
as Manager of 2nd Bank
James Tolkan
as The Man's Contact Man
Judith Ogden Cabot
as Mrs. Partridge
Jan Egleson
as Pale Kid
Jack Kehoe
as The Beard
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Critic Reviews for The Friends of Eddie Coyle

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (15)

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

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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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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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Audience Reviews for The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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. "Everybody ought to listen to his mother." Okay.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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 just starting out at the time.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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 mostly to the superb "Le Doulos" as the character study of a man moving between two factions, Robert Mitchum as an old, weary weapons dealer turned into an informant to keep himself free from a conviction he thinks would be his last. The street prose of writer George Higgins, and Peter Yates' minimalist direction are the stronger points of this notable film.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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