Cinema: Friends of Friends

THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE

Directed by PETER YATES

Screenplay by PAUL MONASH

Physically he is right for the part. The slope of the belly has grown more acute with the passage of years; the face is puffy and well-worn; even the complexion looks gray, with just a hint of green around the gills. But there is more than mere looks to Robert Mitchum's performance as Eddie Coyle, the aging, small-time hood with a big-time survival problem. The weariness, the hooded cynicism, the underlying toughness that seems to consist more of an ability to survive...

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