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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Released 1973
Distributor Paramount

A late career triumph for sleepy-eyed noir favorite Robert Mitchum, who excels as a two-time loser trying to avoid more jail time in 1973 Boston. Gritty, realistic and at times shockingly violent, Peter Yates’ crime drama never found the audience it deserves. Here’s a classic Rolling Stone article on the making of the movie: Robert Mitchum: The Last Celluloid Desperado – Rolling Stone

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.