--- In email@example.com, Stewart Wilson <stewart@...> wrote:
> I just noticed that FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, the film adaptation, was
> released May 19th on Criterion. I plan on watching it soon. The film
> was last mentioned on the list by Mark:
> Mark was being so succinct that I can't tell what he thought of it.
> The thread in the archives isn't much help either: it was either a
> thread about adaptations that were better than their book
> counterparts, films that were adaptated from _great_ hardboiled/noir
> books, or films that were adapted from hardboiled/noir books. Maybe I
> will figure it out after I see the film.
---------------I saw this film years ago, so when the Criterion dvd came out I bought it and immediately watched it again. I was very impressed and it definitely is one of Robert Mitchum's better performances and an excellent adaptation of the novel. I enjoyed the commentary by the director also. The booklet has an interesting article reprinted from ROLLING STONE which gives a long portrait of Mitchum on the set of the movie. According to the author Mitchum was drunk much of the time which makes his performance even more interesting.
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