The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973, Peter Yates)

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Saw this for what I thought was the second time last night, but a post above tells me it was the third. Wouldn't change a word from what I wrote five years ago: like, not love. Great game footage of Bobby Orr.

clemenza, Saturday, 24 February 2018 15:08 (six years ago) link

two years pass...

Phase IV last night, this tonight, Talking Pictures is on a roll.

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Saturday, 1 August 2020 20:02 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

This is fantastic, scuzzy, down and out.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 25 January 2022 02:50 (two years ago) link

about as unglamorous as a crime movie can get. mitchum at his most weary and downtrodden too.

Saxophone Of Futility (Michael B), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 18:09 (two years ago) link

i love when crime movies like this really lean into presenting criminals as deeply pathetic losers

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 18:18 (two years ago) link


terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 20:43 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

Watched this last night. It's a pretty unique atmosphere - like the film exists inside the cooling, coiling smoke shot from Peter Boyle's gun. The end reminded me of Dog Day Afternoon (maybe the whole film did - it's scuzziness, the helplessness). Fwiw, I was convinced Mitchum was going to wake up.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 26 July 2022 11:52 (one year ago) link

The other thing it made me think of quite often was S2 of the Wire. Again, something to do with the hopelessness of it all. And the interiors - everything cramped and ill-lit. Helena Carroll could easily have slotted into one of those port-side cottages.

Shard-borne Beatles with their drowsy hums (Chinaski), Tuesday, 26 July 2022 11:58 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

thought this film was pretty good, it was very much about the grungy aesthetic of 1973 - the story, the cars, buildings, clothes, music, neon signs, etc - as well as about the Bruins and Bobby Orr

I was a little disappointed with the agreement between Foley and Dillon at the end

Dan S, Sunday, 4 June 2023 23:22 (eleven months ago) link

I think it's gone from being underrated and underseen to slightly overrated.

clemenza, Sunday, 4 June 2023 23:28 (eleven months ago) link

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