Though a color film, THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, based on the best-selling novel by George V. Higgins, is a throwback to the film noir tradition. It chronicles the last days of a weary Boston-based weapons dealer who becomes an informant for the police and the treasury department to avoid an extended prison sentence. This ultra-realistic depiction of the underworld is enhanced by flawless peformances, particularly the burnt-out cynicism of Robert Mitchum.
If working an angle were an art form, then three-time-loser Eddie Coyle would be Picasso and Van Gogh combined.
WHO NEEDS ENEMIES. . .?