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The Friends of Eddie Coyle
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Writers:
George V. Higgins (novel)
Paul Monash (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 June 1973 (USA) See more »
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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.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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It's a shame that one of Mitchum's finest portrayals is still regulated to bootleg hell See more (55 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle

Peter Boyle ... Dillon

Richard Jordan ... Dave Foley
Steven Keats ... Jackie Brown

Alex Rocco ... Jimmy Scalise

Joe Santos ... Artie Van

Mitchell Ryan ... Waters
Peter MacLean ... Mr. Partridge
Kevin O'Morrison ... Bank manager #2
Marvin Lichterman ... Vernon

Carolyn Pickman ... Nancy

James Tolkan ... The Man's contact man

Margaret Ladd ... Andrea

Matthew Cowles ... Pete
Helena Carroll ... Sheila Coyle
Jack Kehoe ... The Beard

Jan Egleson ... Pale kid
Jane House ... Wanda

Michael McCleery ... The Kid
Alan Koss ... Phil
Dennis McMullen ... Webber
Judith Ogden Cabot ... Mrs. Partridge
Robert Anthony ... Moran

Gustave Johnson ... Ames (as Gus Johnson)
Sheldon Feldner ... Ferris

Ted Maynard ... Sauter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lloyd Bremseth ... Extra (uncredited)
Falko Schilling ... Extra (uncredited)

Donald Warnock ... Super Market Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Yates 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George V. Higgins  novel
Paul Monash  screenplay

Produced by
Charles H. Maguire .... associate producer (as Charles Maguire)
Paul Monash .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper 
 
Film Editing by
Pat Jaffe  (as Patricia Lewis Jaffe)
 
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Vic Ramos 
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
 
Art Direction by
Gene Callahan 
 
Set Decoration by
Don Galvin 
 
Costume Design by
Eric Seelig 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Charles H. Maguire .... unit production manager (as Charles Maguire)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sal Scoppa Jr. .... second assistant director (as Sal Scoppa)
Peter R. Scoppa .... assistant director (as Peter Scoppa)
 
Sound Department
Ron Kalish .... sound editor
Richard Raguse .... sound recordist (as Dick Raguse)
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist
Richard P. Cirincione .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Rose .... key grip
Jack Brown .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Vic Ramos .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eric Seelig .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Jean Fraser Wardle .... assistant editor (as Jean Wardle)
Hal Levinsohn .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Everett Alson .... title designer
Lynn A. Aber .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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102 min
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Errors in geography: When leaving the Bruins game, they are driving through either the Sumner or Callahan tunnel. Their destination was the South Shore so they would not be using this tunnel since it would point them toward the airport (or away from it which would be impossible considering their starting point).See more »
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Jackie Brown:And keep this mind. I've got more than five machine guns, and the rest are gonna be pointed at YOU.See more »
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
It's a shame that one of Mitchum's finest portrayals is still regulated to bootleg hell, 23 October 2006
Author: TheMarquisDeSuave from Worcester, MA

We all know that Robert Mitchum is a great actor, so its a shame that one of his finest portrayals is still regulated to bootleg hell. His performance of Eddie "Fingers" Coyle, a small time hood who gets himself into a lot of trouble, ranks up there with "Night of the Hunter" and "Out of the Past" as his best. Until this film receives the treatment it deserves, it will continue to only possess a small cult following. I became a fan of it after seeing it on AMC a few years back (when they showed good films), and was lucky enough to track down a low grade print off a torrent.

The thing that makes the film work so well is the realism throughout. This isn't a flashy "Godfather" type portrait of organized crime. These are bored crooks who simply do what they must do to have some sort of income for their family. Coyle is a crook because he doesn't want his family to go on welfare. The performances and the screenplay further this realistic atmosphere. There aren't any over the top violent shoot outs. The bleakness is probably what turned off audiences in 1973 expecting some quickly paced action thrills. The characters aren't likable by any means, but are fleshed out and you eventually feel sympathetic for them by the end.

Now no film is completely flawless and there are a few slight complaints I have about this one. Occasionally scenes are dull and seem to go no where and the conclusion seems a bit rushed. Past that, this is one of the best crime films of the 70s, a decade known for its great films. Its a shame that it continues to be overlooked. (7/10)

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