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The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

R | | Crime, Drama | 27 June 1973 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Robert Mitchum gained weight for his role as Eddie Coyle. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie meets Dave Foley in the park when he says, "Hell, I'm 51 years old," his lips don't match that statement. See more »

Quotes

Dave Foley: The only one fuckin' Eddie Coyle is Eddie Coyle.
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Referenced in Jackie Brown (1997) See more »

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Fantastic losers abound
9 March 2004 | by (Windsor Ontario,Canada) – See all my reviews

We're all aware of the antihero,well I think this movie has the quintessential "fantastic loser".Excuse me for coining a phrase but this group may go unnoticed otherwise.Along with movies like Fat City,Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (or just about every Warren Oates role)these characters may be the most interesting to watch,and Robert Mitchums performance in this movie has to be the best.Like a character that is hated but still championed it must have been hard to pull off a loser without the audience feeling overwhelming sympathy.I cannot believe when reading about Robert Mitchum that this movie is not mentioned.For me it is unquestionably his finest and most honest.Supporting roles,writing and direction all get high marks as well.One of the finest in a decade of masterpieces.


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