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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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A bit of a mini masterpiece -- just as long as you know what you are in for. 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

Mitch Ryan ... Waters (as Mitchell Ryan)
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:

Donald Warnock ... Super Market Patron (uncredited)
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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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Color (Technicolor)
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Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle:One of the first things I learned is never to ask a man why he's in a hurry. All you got to know is I told the man that he could depend on me because you told me I could depend on you. Now one of us is gonna have a big fat problem. Another thing I learned. If anybody's gonna have a problem, you're gonna be the one.
Jackie Brown:You finished?
Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle:No, I am not finished. Look, I'm gettin' old, you hear? I spent most of my life hanging around crummy joints with a buncha punks drinkin' the beer, eatin' the hash and the hot dogs and watchin' the other people go off to Florida while I'm sweatin' out how I'm gonna pay the plumber. I done time and I stood up but I can't take no more chances. Next time, it's gonna be me goin' to Florida.
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Referenced in Jackie Brown (1997)See more »

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35 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A bit of a mini masterpiece -- just as long as you know what you are in for., 19 October 2005
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

An ageing small time hood (Robert Mitchem - in the title role) is looking at jail time and wants to cut a deal with the forces of law and order. However this is just one of the many plates that he wants to keep spinning on their wobbly poles.

This is a film that is a bit different. Indeed having seen a million films (or it seems like it) you expect it go off in a different direction, grab hold of the drama and try and pep it up with cheap thrills. The Friends of Eddie Coyle fights against that - throwing away many of the free gifts that comes its way and focus on how a man can paint himself in to a corner.

This is Mitchem's best ever role. Never having been in classic this is the next best thing. The world weariness helps him for this part - you feel that he really has been in the crime business since it was invented and has really seen it all and done it all (as his bar room stories seem to indicate). However for Eddie the party is over. He is like a late Elvis - fat, bloated and living on his old reputation. Hoping that he can play both ends against the middle one last time.

The title has an irony. He really has no friends. He knows that too (because he is not stupid), although he has to make do with people that pretend to be. It is too late for another life and the bills keep having to be paid and food needs to be kept on the table. He is not a master criminal -- more a brave odd-job man.

While this movie hasn't been widely seen (it gets of odd plays on UK TV) a lot of important people have seen it. You can see the Sopranos in some of the scenes where people view crime as a business with death and prison being occupational hazards.

This is quite dark and mean, but you are comforted that the people getting hurt or doing the hurting are more or less the same. People caught in the vortex of earning an easy buck and it is far too late to start changing now. Friends is a tough movie and one of the few films I have seen that while steeped in crooks and crime remains fair and moral for every frame.

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