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Die Freunde von Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Regie Peter Yates
USA, 1973
Krimi, Drama, Thriller

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World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in Peter Yates’s The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

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Die Freunde von Eddie Coyle Regie Peter Yates
In his first scene Mitchum is explaining how he got the extra set of knuckles on each hand (a clear nod to the good and evil contest in Night of the Hunter) from the nuns’ rulers and later from fellow thugs. In the last scene, he is shot point-blank in a drunken stupor by one of his “friends.” With nary a close-up to register the moment, he slumps offscreen. Ever the pro, Mitchum plays it straight, replete with self-effacement and dumpy physique—not a plea for sympathy anywhere in sight.
September 29, 2017
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No shots are wasted, imparting sufficient information or deer-in-the-headlights emotional freeze to say everything. It’s action as entropy, ducking the usual pandemonium of heist movies in favor of a sober account of how successful career criminals operate… Friends stands as one of the most unsparing movies ever made on the subject of honor among thieves.
April 27, 2015
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The Friends of Eddie Coyle is inescapably cold in its rigorous refusal to indulge in the sort of warmly lurid soap opera that pervaded The Godfather or the previous generation’s gangster films that paved the way for Francis Ford Coppola’s epic. But there’s a subtle and tensely coiled element of suspense to Yates and Monash’s work that’s equally unnerving and enlivening.
April 17, 2015
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