The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

DVD - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
World-weary and living hand to mouth, small-time gunrunner Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle woks on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he's forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2009]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604651430
Branch Call Number: DVD Friends
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Feb 28, 2020

A great, low key, and very prescient movie about organized crime in Boston. Perfectly cast and paced. Seventies pacing and it's hard, sympathetic, blue collar performances are very welcome. A movie about a tense situation that is more interested in honestly depicting the dead end the protagonist finds himself in than in making you like the characters or forcing you to emotionally experience the tension through editing or emotional turmoil. I loved it.

Mar 25, 2019

Fine acting. Not much action because the film is about deception. I would rate "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" at 3.25 stars.

Jan 13, 2019

One film critic stated "Deep weariness and disappointment hover in every gesture and line reading". He meant this in a positive way, but it's also descriptive of my mental state while trying to get through this movie. In general, I like slow moving pictures when they put me in a somewhat meditative state. But this film for me made watching paint dry enjoyable in comparison. I should have followed my first instinct and popped out the DVD after 20 minutes, but hoping the film would go somewhere interesting, I hung in there until, quite literally, the bitter end. It didn't.

Nov 08, 2017

in john lennon's last interview, he knocked John Wayne, whilst extolling Robert Mitchum as ' a man's man.' See what he meant in this film. what a great performance, from Mitchum. Peter Boyle is excellent as one of his friends. if you like Boston, there's a lot of it, in the background. The inevitable conclusion to the film delivers on its promise of realism.

Sep 29, 2017

This is a great crime film It's quiet and patient and an interesting character study of an aging, beaten-down criminal. Robert Mitchum is magnificent. He delivers a few monologues to a up-and-coming gun runner that are a pitch perfect, by turns scolding and annoyed, as well as fatherly. This is crime fiction that's hearty and substantial, without all that flash and fetishism that became so popular in the genre.

Sep 25, 2017

One of the top crime movies of the 20th century -- fulsome praise, I know, but appropriate. The movie is not entirely linear, though not obscure either, and you have to pay close attention to its plot and character developments. Repeated viewings are recommended...Robert Mitchum as Eddie Coyle deserved an Oscar nomination, but then many of his roles usually did. Mitchum, pathetic yet proud, is trying to cut a deal to avoid a two-year prison sentence, and time is getting short for him. Peter Boyle as bartender Dillon, who has an interesting sideline occupation, and Richard Jordan as the treacherous federal agent Dave Foley, were tops in their roles.

Feb 03, 2017

I was looking for entertainment and this wasn't it.

A perfect film. A crime drama stripped down to basic reality. Set in Boston, Robert Mitchum plays Eddie Coyle, an everyman who hustles to support his wife and children by purchasing guns for bank robbers. His "friends" are fellow hoodlums who keep him working. What is fascinating is the poisonous milieu of the professional criminal and the role of the federal government (here represented brilliantly by Richard Jordan as an ATF agent). The movie, released in 1973, basically tells the whole Whitey Bulger story that will unfold in Boston.

May 20, 2016

Another brilliant but forgotten film from Hollywood's greatest decade of artistic triumph, the 1970s.

A crime flick with very little action or violence, this is a fascinating Boston-area character study, shot on location and highlighted by subtle, superior performances by Mitchum and Peter Boyle.

What little attention this film receives seems to revolve around the character with the Tarantino-esque name Jackie Brown (whose name is never even spoken in the film), but the brilliant acting, directing and photography here reward multiple viewings. Other performances of note: Richard Jordan and Alex Rocca (Moe Green in the Godfather).

This is a classic, one of a kind and completely absorbing. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

Sep 17, 2015

This DVD was so scratched from prior use that it freezes and skips over many scenes, which made it harder to watch and enjoy.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability
Oct 26, 2018

ridley1976 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

btmslt May 15, 2013

btmslt thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


Add a Quote
Jun 29, 2012

Jackie Brown: "This life's HARD man, but it's HARDER if you're stupid!"

Jun 29, 2012

Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: "Can you imagine being a kid like that. What is he, twenty four, or something? Greatest hockey player in the world. Number four - Bobby Orr. Jeez, what a future he's got, huh?"


Add a Summary
btmslt May 15, 2013

A small time criminal deals with weather or not to become a snitch in order to avoid jail.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at CHPL

To Top