Saturday, April 16, 2011
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) is facing a lengthy prison sentence. Desperate for a shorter stint, he resorts to snitching on fellow criminals.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle has become an influence on numerous crime movies. More recently, Ben Affleck's The Town. Having seen the latter upon its release, I can now see the influence The Friends of Eddie Coyle had on The Town.
Now Mitchum I've identified previously as the villain (The Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear) or the anti-hero (Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, Out of the Past). Where do I place his title role in The Friends of Eddie Coyle? Well, it's not exactly a villainous part like Harry Powell or Max Cady, but it's not entirely an anti-hero like Mr. Allison or Jeff Bailey. So what is he?
The movie itself is very well-done, especially the robbery scenes. But the narrative threw me off course a bit. That aside, it contains one of Mitchum's best performances.
My Rating: ****1/2