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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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At the hockey game, Eddie and Dillon arrive and sit together. Eddie goes to get beer for them, he is wearing his jacket. When he arrives back at their seats, Eddie's coat is folded and hanging on the rail in front of their seats. See more »

Quotes

Dave Foley: [Foley has just gotten the jump on some bank robbers he's been following] April Fool, motherfuckers.
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Terrific, low key early seventies noir
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A successful adaptation of a great novel. Yates unpretentious and minimalistic direction is effective and the Boston settings appropriately gloomy with wonderful washed out cinematography. Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle give superb performances. One of the unsung films of the seventies.


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