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The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

 -  Crime | Thriller | Drama  -  27 June 1973 (USA)
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After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time.

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Eddie's friends are numerous, but the term friends is suspect. As a small time hood Eddie is about to go back to jail. In order to escape this fate he deals information on stolen guns to the feds. Simultaneously he is supplying arms to his bank robbing/kidnapping hoodlum chums. But who else is dealing with the feds? Who gets the blame for snitching on the bank robbers? Written by MovieMaster

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It's a grubby, violent, dangerous world. But it's the only world they know. And they're the only friends Eddie has.

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This film is based on the Goerge V Higgins novel of the same name. Higgins also wrote Cogans Trade which the 2012 film 'Killing Them Softly' is based on. The character 'Dillon' appears in both, played by Peter Boyle (The Friends of Eddie Coyle) and Sam Shepard (Killing Them Softly). See more »

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When the young man who sells the guns to Eddie is sitting in his Road Runner with the man who will steal the machine guns from the Armory, the military man asks if the car has a "Hemi". The young man says yes. "Hemi" refers only to the 426 cubic inch engine. The Road Runner in the movie clearly has a "383" badge on the hood scoop. This engine is not a "Hemi". See more »

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Dillon: There's this truck. It bothers me. I know it sounds funny because I suppose you would think that what would be worrying me would be the guys in the truck or maybe some guy I don't even know watching me pretty close in the bar or something. But I have seen the truck. Put two guys in that truck, they could get the pope. The only time I see an engine like that is in a Cadillac. So you know you aren't gonna run away cuz that thing's gonna run right away with ya. In the windshield they got a crack ...
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27 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a great movie! One of the most realistic stories of the small-time criminal. Robert Mitchuim gives an outstanding performance as Eddie Coyle, a small-time Irish gangster who works both sides of the fence. Richard Jordan in a fine supporting role as a hard-nosed detective out to burst a gang of well-trained bank robbers. Alex Rocco as a no-nonsense bank robber, and Peter Boyle as the stoolie/hit-man.

The movie however is stolen by the late Steven Keats. Keats plays a gun runner who sells machine guns out of the trunk of his sport's car. The friends of Eddie Coyle is extremely well-acted, grittly filmed, and low-key. It has a brutally shocking and surprising ending. An outstanding movie which for some strange reason hasn't found it's way to DVD or video.


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