Peter Yates

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he’s forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free. Directed with a sharp eye for its gritty locales and an open heart for its less-than-heroic characters, this is one of the true treasures of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking—a suspenseful crime drama in stark, unforgiving daylight.

Film Info

  • Peter Yates
  • United States
  • 1973
  • 102 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #475

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Peter Yates, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Yates
  • Stills gallery
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of actor Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone

New cover by Michael Boland

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Peter Yates, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Yates
  • Stills gallery
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of actor Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone

New cover by Michael Boland

The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Cast
Robert Mitchum
Eddie Coyle
Peter Boyle
Dillon
Richard Jordan
Dave Foley
Alex Rocco
Scalise
Steven Keats
Jackie Brown
Joe Santos
Artie Van
Mitchell Ryan
Waters
Peter MacLean
Mr. Partridge
Margaret Ladd
Andrea
Kevin O'Morrisson
Manager, second bank
Credits
Director
Peter Yates
Producer
Paul Monash
Screenplay
Paul Monash
Based on the novel by
George V. Higgins
Music
Dave Grusin
Cinematography
Victor J. Kemper
Production design
Gene Callahan
Editing
Patricia Lewis Jaffe
Associate producer
Charles Maguire
Assistant director
Peter Scoppa
2nd assistant director
Sal Scoppa

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