New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

Friends of Eddie Coyle Movie Poster

Crime Films
THE
FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE

November 3, 2000 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(American, 1973, 100 minutes, color, video)

Directed by Peter Yates
Starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan

Friends of Eddie Coyle Book

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. . .?

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