The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 M

6.00PM Fri 17 Jun 2022 (1hr 42mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

‘Young film fans raised in the multiplex era may look back and lament the fact that no one is making movies like The Friends of Eddie Coyle anymore. The truth is that they never did. There’s only this one.’ Kent Jones

‘In the winter of 1972-73, producer Paul Monash, Brit director Peter Yates and an ensemble of actors that included Peter Boyle, Richard Jordan and Robert Mitchum, tried to give us the real screen equivalent of criminal lawyer George V. Higgins’ first novel. The immersion was almost total: the production at times was at the mercy of mob-connected teamsters, Mitchum was rumored to hang out with Boston Irish crime kingpin Whitey Bulger, who would later be played on the screen by Jack Nicholson and Johnny Depp. Although the film had a bank heist and a kinetic arrest attempt in a parking lot, it was mostly a succession of weary and wary conversations over plexiglass tabletops. A middleman bargains with a gunrunner, the gunrunner bargains with hopeful bank robbers, a cop bargains with his stoolie, and the stoolie bargains with the man who works for the Man. Higgins’ book was all dialogue, characters telling us about themselves by the way they told the story to others. Somehow, Yates achieved the same through other means. The underworld never looked so mundane, human and fatalistic as in this movie. Mitchum, playing an aging second-string hood, capable but clearly over his head in trying to stay out of jail, is at the top of his craft.’ Philippe Garnier, Il Cinema Ritrovato

M | The content is moderate in impact

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 102 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: PETER YATES / SCRIPT: PAUL MONASH, BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GEORGE V. HIGGINS / CINEMATOGRAPHER: VICTOR J. KEMPER / EDITOR: PATRICIA JAFFE / CAST: ROBERT MITCHUM, PETER BOYLE, RICHARD JORDAN / PRINT SOURCE: PARK CIRCUS / RIGHTS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP