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THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE

title: THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE
year: 1973
cast: Robert Mitchum, Steven Keats, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan
director: Peter Yates
rating: ***1/2

Several stories build at once: A group of kidnapping bank robbers led by Alex Rocco while Robert Mitchum is the titular Eddie Coyle, quelled by an impending court date with a peripheral knowledge of everything; and Peter Boyle as a bartender thug corresponding with Richard Jordan, a wily cop nudging Coyle to rat his "friends." Mitchum, as the world-weary convict (also a family man), is top-notch. As the walls close in, his expressions alone, mixing maverick-cool and doomed fear... exceeded only by confident gun-dealing Steven Keats as "Jackie Brown" with director Peter Yate's ability to juggle each connected story with sublime precision... makes for one of the great crime gems of the seventies, more ensemble than star-driven.
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  1. Check out this "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" tribute project we did. Play list includes: 5 videos - 2 recreated scenes, 1 Trailer, 1 Music Interview and behind the scenes photos. Please feel free to leave comments!
    http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=8171861DD8577ACA

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