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A Low-Key Classic,
This review is from: The Friends of Eddie Coyle (The Criterion Collection) (DVD)
This is not only Mitchum's best performance, but also the best all-around movie he was ever in. Surrounded by some of the best character actors of the time (Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan, Steven Keats), the script is taut and low-key, and remarkably faithful to George Higgin's excellent novel. Is a gem of a movie, worth seeing again and again. Never available on laserdisc, and rumored to get the full Criterion treatment, this has been on my "wish list" for years. It can't be released soon enough!
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Initial post: Mar 4, 2009 6:00:21 PM PST
Walter Sobchak Esq. says:
I was going to write a review of this exceptional film but you've said everything that needs to be said. Any Mitchum fan who has never seen this is in for a real treat. It's a shining example of what this fine actor was capable of when he put his mind and often misused/lazy talents to the test. Right up there with "Out Of The Past", "Night Of The Hunter" and "Cape Fear".
Posted on Jun 21, 2009 4:10:46 PM PDT
I second what Joseph (and David) have said here, I'll just add that in an interview Mitchum spoke very highly of Steven Keats' performance and acting talent, and say what a fine writer George V. Higgins was. His books are especially a treat for anyone who appreciates fine dialogue.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2011 8:01:02 PM PST
Another excellent George V. Higgins Novel is "Cogan's Trade".
Posted on Jun 30, 2011 6:28:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 6, 2011 8:51:16 PM PDT
R. Mix says:
I can't go five stars on this (it's good, but not THAT good!) and at this price point, it should have closed captioning.
Not to be arrogant, but if you truly think this is "the best all-around movie he (Robert Mitchum) was ever in", you need to expand your film library. 'Out of the Past' would be an excellent place to start.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 4:18:15 PM PDT
Hi R,My favorite Mitchum films are 1.'Cape Fear';2.'Night of the Hunter';'3.'Out of the Past';and I would put "Friends"at #4.One of my favorite actors of all time.Miss his work enormously.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 9:43:51 PM PDT
K. J. Hart says:
It may not have closed captioning, but it does have subtitles available.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 6, 2013 6:04:52 PM PST
Hank. Jordan Jr. says:
I thought also it was the best movie I'd ever seen Mitchum in. His westerns, War, & romance with Shirley McClaine and For Heaven's Sake mrs Allison always seemed to leave a lot to be desired. This one was hard hitting, gutsy, realistic. It was 1973, not back in the day, but it for me beat everything he did in the .day. And I wondered "Why it wasn't recognized. Was it it's hard hitting realistic approach to racism. They resisted having the gun salesman say, (I CAN SELL THESES ALL DAY LONG, TO THE NEGRAS UP IN HARLEM, & GET MY PREMIUM PRICE FOR THEM.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2013 6:27:03 PM PDT
D.C. Hanoy says:
does it have *english* subtitles? my wife is hard of hearing. thanks.
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