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 Posted:   Apr 19, 2009 - 10:35 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

On May 19, 2009, The Criterion Collection will release the 1974 Neo Noir:
"The Friends of Eddie Coyle"
Directed by Peter Yates ("Bullitt", "The Hot Rock")
Starring Robert Mitchum
Music by Dave Grusin


DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

• New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Peter Yates
• Audio commentary featuring Yates
• Stills gallery
• PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone

http://www.criterion.com/films/1426

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2009 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

"The Friends of Eddie Coyle" Theatrical Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WtR-mi6VtU

 
 Posted:   Apr 19, 2009 - 2:57 PM   
 By:   Daniel Schweiger   (Member)

Great film, if depresing. One of Mitchum's best performances as a truly unlikable schlub.

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2009 - 2:15 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

For those interested in the film, Amazon offers a discount for the pre-order: $21.99 instead of $29.95.


http://www.amazon.com/Friends-Eddie-Coyle-Robert-Mitchum/dp/B001TIQT6G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1240218854&sr=1-1

 
 Posted:   Apr 20, 2009 - 6:26 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Watch Robert Mitchum in "The Dick Cavett Show" (1971):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N018YlLIrfs

 
 Posted:   May 12, 2009 - 1:24 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Criterion posted a clip of the film.
Click on the top picture:
http://www.criterion.com/films/1426

The clip is at this adress:
http://criterion_trailers.s3.amazonaws.com/EDDIE_COYLE_clip_x500.mp4

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2009 - 2:19 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Read this:
http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/1147


http://www.filmlinc.com/wrt/fcs/friendseddie.html


 
 Posted:   May 23, 2009 - 2:41 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

I shall have to add this fine, new item to my library. On payday.

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2009 - 6:04 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

I shall have to add this fine, new item to my library. On payday.


On order, buddy boy, and I expect this great Neo Noir on June 11, 2009. Top Music by Dave Grusin!

 
 Posted:   May 23, 2009 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Essankay   (Member)

Great film, if depresing. One of Mitchum's best performances as a truly unlikable schlub.


To quote Roger Ebert, "No good movie is depressing. All bad movies are depressing. I am elated at the end of a great tragedy and depressed at the end of a bad comedy."

I agree, though, that COYLE is excellent and Mitchum is excellent in it.

 
 Posted:   May 24, 2009 - 1:45 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

DVD Talk Review of EDDIE COYLE:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/37216/friends-of-eddie-coyle-the-criterion-collection-the/?___rd=1


 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2009 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   vinylscrubber   (Member)

This is a film I was too callow to appreciate in 1973, expecting more of a Yates BULLITT-type thriller, but, as the years went by, I came to enjoy it's mood and character qualities. The Grusin score was always excellent though.

I'm looking forward to seeing this again in the new Criterion iteration.

 
 Posted:   May 29, 2009 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Read this review from DVD Times:
http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content/id/70767/the-friends-of-eddie-coyle.html

PS: I will correct this statement from the review:
"Someone can correct me if this is wrong, but I don't believe The Friends of Eddie Coyle has been previously released on DVD anywhere in the world or even on VHS".

I used to rent a VHS back in the 1980's.

 
 Posted:   Jun 1, 2009 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

"They put your hand in a drawer... then somebody kicks the drawer shut.
Ever hear bones breaking? Just like a man snapping a shingle.
Hurts like a bastard".
—Eddie Coyle to Jackie Brown.


 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2009 - 10:40 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

"Hurt like a bastard".
—Eddie Coyle to Jackie Brown.

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2009 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Well, I finally took the plunge and ordered this on Amazon a few minutes ago.

 
 Posted:   Jun 2, 2009 - 1:33 PM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Well, I finally took the plunge and ordered this on Amazon a few minutes ago.


Good move, man. The film is character-driven with a fine urban jazz funk score by Dave Grusin.
The cast is very good. The Boston locations remind me "The Departed".
Today, I watched the commentary by Peter Yates that is both informative and amusing.
And keep in mind that: "Hurt like a bastard".


 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2009 - 2:52 PM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

Got it this afternoon. I'll watch it tonight.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2009 - 2:18 AM   
 By:   Stefan Miklos   (Member)

Got it this afternoon. I'll watch it tonight.

Good. Let me know your impressions.

 
 Posted:   Oct 4, 2010 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

What a delightfully drab film!

That remark is intended with the highest praise.

I haven't sprung for the Criterion yet as it's light on extras but it is a supoib movie, no doubt. There's no one around like Mitchum--heck, there are no more Richard Jordan types, either! frown

What was it about early '70s cinema that was so damned gritty and rank? Those movies (and TV shows) made such an impression on me as a kid back then--though given my age at the time, movies were more of a peripheral influence--and many of these films retain their power today.

 
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