THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE
World-weary Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum), a career criminal with a wife and two kids, struggling to make ends meet in the suburbs, contemplates ratting to the cops after getting pinched for driving a truck full of stolen whiskey. Director Peter Yates (BREAKING AWAY, BULLITT) displays great command for the details in this gritty neo-noir, from the taut procedural of a bank heist to fly-on-the-wall observations of criminals in their milieu, with the local color of 1970s Boston providing a particularly piquant backdrop. Mitchum — struggling with Coyle's dilemma, defeated but sardonic to the end — gives perhaps the most affecting performance of his brilliant career. DIR Peter Yates; SCR/PROD Paul Monash, from the novel by George V. Higgins. U.S., 1973, color, 102 min. RATED R
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