For the past month, Minneapolis’s Trylon microcinema has devoted its screen to the films of Robert Mitchum—nine of them in total. This weekend marks the finale in the series, Robert Mitchum: Cheap, Flash, and Brilliant, and the theater is going out with a bang with weekend-long screenings of Peter Yates’s 1973 film The Friends of Eddie Coyle. Adapted from George V. Higgins’s debut novel, the gritty drama explores Boston’s criminal underworld and stars Mitchum as the titular gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle. Portrayed via Yates’s realistic and unflinching vision, the film centers on Coyle’s choice between facing another stint in jail or snitching on his fellow gangsters. Minneapolitans can see this landmark of 1970s cinema on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday—and in the meantime, check out our Three Reasons video for The Friends of Eddie Coyle below.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.