Watch: The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 123movies, Full Movie Online – Eddie’s friends are numerous, but the term “friends” is suspect. As a small time hood, Eddie is about to go back to jail. In order to escape this fate, he deals information on stolen guns to the feds. Simultaneously he is supplying arms to his bank robbing/kidnapping hoodlum chums. But who else is dealing with the feds? Who gets the blame for snitching on the bank robbers?.
Plot: An aging hood is about to go back to prison. Hoping to escape his fate, he supplies information on stolen guns to the feds, while simultaneously supplying arms to his bank robbing chums.
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Mitchum nailed it. His best performance
I’m 42 and I’ve lived in Boston my whole life. I travel extensively and pay attention to the way people talk. Everywhere. For those of you that are not from here: People from Boston do not talk like the Kennedys. Really. No one except the Kennedys talk like that. OK, William Devane and Martin Sheen do sometimes, but they don’t know any better.
Here’s the point: Mitchum nails it. He doesn’t over-do it (Cliff Claven) and doesn’t under do it. Critics claim that Mitchum is good at accents but he really does nail this one – the toughest one: A native Boston accent. That is indicative of the whole movie. Mitchum nails everything. This is his most believable performance. Listen to him in this movie and you could really imagine him as a resident of Quincy. It fits. The bleak, cold hopelessness of the title character’s life is played out to its inevitable conclusion. A real classic “not-trying-to-be-film-noir” example of classic film noir.
Signed, The Director’s Son (Just Kidding – this is awesome! Watch it!)
A Disposable Man
Anyone who does not think Robert Mitchum is a serious actor has never seen The Friends Of Eddie Coyle. All of Mitchum’s considerable talents are working here including his fantastic ear for accents. You would think that Mitchum lived in Boston all his life.
Playing the title role in The Friends Of Eddie Coyle, Mitchum so submerges his own personality that you forget in fact you are watching Robert Mitchum and you really think you are seeing the downfall of a man named Eddie Coyle. How he was overlooked for an Oscar nomination here is a mystery.
The film is based on a novel by George V. Higgins who was both a prosecutor and defense attorney in his legal career and saw the system and all the system from both sides of the courtroom. The protagonist Eddie Coyle is a career criminal sliding into middle age and up for a sentencing in a transporting of stolen property charge in neighboring New Hampshire. He’s a three time loser already and this would involve a much longer stretch in the joint. So he’s looking to deal.
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle rather neatly disposes of the notion that there is honor among thieves. But thieves also don’t like being informed on. When Mitchum rats out some old friends for a series of bank robberies where two people were killed, he’s sealed his doom.
The obvious comparison to make with this film is the John Ford classic, The Informer. Although Coyle would probably scorn at being compared to a slow lug like Victor McLaglen’s Gypo Nolan, in fact he’s not a terribly bright man either. He’s far down on the criminal food chain so that he is a very disposable man.
Another good performance from this film is that of Steven Keats as a gun runner who Mitchum does business with and decides to rat out when convenient. If he survives in another 25 years Keats will be in the middle aged position that Mitchum is in now with few options in life. Also take note of Peter Boyle as the bartender/criminal, Richard Jordan as a really smarmy cop and Helena Carroll who has a few, but some really well played scenes as Mitchum’s long suffering wife.
The film was shot totally on location in the Boston area and I recognized quite a few locations from my travels there. No mention of the Red Sox, but towards the end of the film there are some nice shots of a Boston Bruins hockey game at the old Boston Gardens. Some very interesting comments there about star Bobby Orr and the bright future he has in the world of hockey from a man whose world is about to crumble.
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle is a classic from the Seventies one of the best films Robert Mitchum ever did and not to be missed, especially if one wants to see a different side of old rumple eyes.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min)
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Peter Yates
Writer George V. Higgins, Paul Monash
Actors Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision R 200
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 2,810 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision, Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm