The Friends of Eddie Coyle gets the Criterion treatment

Another classic crime flick is getting some love from the folks at Criterion, THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE will be released, as part of the Criterion Collection, on April 28th.

In one of the best performances of his legendary career, Robert Mitchum plays small-time gunrunner Eddie “Fingers” Coyle in an adaptation by Peter Yates of George V. Higgins’s acclaimed novel The Friends of Eddie Coyle. World-weary and living hand to mouth, Coyle works on the sidelines of the seedy Boston underworld just to make ends meet. But when he finds himself facing a second stretch of hard time, he’s forced to weigh loyalty to his criminal colleagues against snitching to stay free. Directed with a sharp eye for its gritty locales and an open heart for its less-than-heroic characters, this is one of the true treasures of 1970s Hollywood filmmaking—a suspenseful crime drama in stark, unforgiving daylight.

New features include
New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Peter Yates, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary featuring Yates
Stills gallery
An essay by critic Kent Jones and a 1973 on-set profile of actor Robert Mitchum from Rolling Stone

SRP is $39.95 for Blu-ray and $29.95 for DVD.

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