The Friends Of Eddie Coyle! Neglected ’70’s Crime Classic! 90’s “Donnie Brasco”! Fuggedaboutit!

Friends of Eddie Coyle blu-ray

“When they send for you, you go in alive, you come out dead, and it’s your best friend that does it.”

To be a gangster means you always have to look over your shoulder. Here are two terrific example! Let’s begin by thanking Criterion for a terrific new blu-ray release of one of the ’70’s most neglected classics!

The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

Robert Mitchum was cinema’s TOUGH GUY – he didn’t take anything from anyone – ever. And this is a classic 70’s action thriller, recently released in a beautiful new Criterion Collection…

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle

Take a look at this classic trailer:

Eddie Coyle is a down-on-his-luck mobster looking to make a few bucks to tide his wife over while he goes upriver. But nothing is easy with friends like Eddie has, like Peter Boyle, who plays a bartender with ties to the cops.

Robert Mitchum

Lots of great action, terrific supporting acting from Peter Boyle, and a gritty, anything goes performance by Mitchum as a guy looking for one last score…

The Friends Of Eddie Coyle

Eddie ‘Fingers’ Coyle: One of the first things I learned is never to ask a man why he’s in a hurry. All you got to know is I told the man that he could depend on me because you told me I could depend on you. Now one of us is gonna have a big fat problem. Another thing I learned. If anybody’s gonna have a problem, you’re gonna be the one.
Jackie Brown: You finished?
Eddie ‘Fingers’ Coyle: No, I am not finished. Look, I’m gettin’ old, you hear? I spent most of my life hanging around crummy joints with a buncha punks drinkin’ the beer, eatin’ the hash and the hot dogs and watchin’ the other people go off to Florida while I’m sweatin’ out how I’m gonna pay the plumber. I done time and I stood up but I can’t take no more chances. Next time, it’s gonna be me goin’ to Florida.

This is a lonely, washed up goon – a guy who did a lot of bad stuff for the mob, but was always what they call a “bag man”…

Eddie Coyle has one card to play: he knows who is knocking off banks in the Boston area…

Eddie ‘Fingers’ Coyle: I was thinkin’ in terms of you maybe talkin’ to the prosecutor up there, and havin’ him drop a word to the judge how I been helpin’ my Uncle like a bastard?
Dave Foley: Well, I would. But then again you haven’t been.

Eddie ‘Fingers’ Coyle: What? I gave you a couple of calls.
Dave Foley: Yeah, you give me some real stuff, too. You tell me about a guy that’s gonna get hit, 15 minutes later he gets hit. You tell me about some guys on a job, but you don’t tell me till their coming out the door with the money. That’s not helping Uncle, Eddie. You gotta put your whole soul into it.”

This is a gritty, tough action movie with some great characters – who are struggling with moral issues in a world of very few morals…and a great performance by Robert Mitchum…

Lefty: There’s the boss. And, under him, there’s the skipper. You know how this works?
Donnie Brasco: Yeah, it’s like in the army.
Lefty: Bullshit. The army is some guy you don’t know telling you to go whack some other guy you don’t know.

In the 90’s, there was another classic look at the guys who work for the guys…

Donnie Brasco

Donnie Brasco

This classic gangster film follows in “Eddie Coyle’s” footsteps – as Al Pacino and Johnny Depp star as two “bag men” for the mob…check out the trailer:

This true story stars Johnny Depp as FBI agent Joe Pistone, who infiltrates the mafia of New York. Pistone goes by the name Donnie Brasco, and is able to embed himself in a mafia faction lead by Sonny Black, played by Michael Madsen.

Al Pacino is brilliant as the low-level mobster Lefty Ruggiero. He and Donnie become tight as the group goes about collecting money for ‘the bosses’.

Eventually, the group become big time when Black himself becomes a boss, all the while Pistone collects evidence. However, the trials and tribulations of the undercover work become more than Pistone can bear. His marriage falls apart and to top it off, the mafia suspect a mole in the organization…oh, and this movie explains the great phrase:


FBI Technician: What’s ‘forget about it’?
Donnie Brasco: Forget about it is like if you agree with someone, you know, like Raquel Welch is one great piece of ass, forget about it. But then, if you disagree, like A Lincoln is better than a Cadillac? Forget about it! you know? But then, it’s also like if something’s the greatest thing in the world, like mingia those peppers, forget about it. But it’s also like saying Go to hell! too. Like, you know, like “Hey Paulie, you got a one inch pecker?” and Paulie says “Forget about it!” Sometimes it just means forget about it.

Love it!

Since this was based on a true story, Johnny Depp met with the actual Joseph D. Pistone a number of times to gain knowledge and expertise for the role.

Al Pacino in Donnie Brasco

But just like Eddie Coyle, Lefty Ruggiero is a tortured, past his prime mobster – a “bag man” who never made it big, and Al Pacino’s performance is brilliant…this is a great movie about the day-to-day world of the mob, and the cat-and-mouse game played between the mob and the police…

A couple of great movies about low life Mobsters trying to stay alive in a bloody world…a great double bill!

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  1. Magic! Two of my favourite gangster films of all time, John. (I should have known that you would have seen it…)
    Cheers, Pete.

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    • Pete, Al Pacino is so great playing the “Eddie Coyle” part…fascinating to follow the guys in the trenches who get it all done – and are all completely disposable…and Peter Boyle is great in “Coyle” as well!


      • For me, both Pacino and Mitchum did their best work in these films. The scene where Lefty takes off his watch and rings, knowing he’s going to certain death, is one of the most poignant I can recall.
        And I agree that Boyle made a very good villain too.

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