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The Friends of Eddie Coyle -- 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.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle -- Clip: Dinner conversation


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George V. Higgins (based on the novel by)
Paul Monash (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 June 1973 (USA) See more »
It's a grubby, violent, dangerous world. But it's the only world they know. And they're the only friends Eddie has.
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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  (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
George V. Higgins (based on the novel by)

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)
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Director Peter Yates purposefully chose the yellow car for Jackie Brown to drive because it would always be easy to identify.See more »
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 »
Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle:Can you imagine being a kid like that. What is he, 24 or something. Greatest hockey player in the world. No four - Bobby Orr. Geeze, what a future he's got, uh?See more »
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27 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Probably Mitchum's best performance, 30 October 1998
Author: Keith-39 from Zurich Switzerland

The film is, in every aspect, of high quality. Quality acting from supporting actors as well as stars, a quality script and beautifully directed. It is probably Robert Mitchum's best performance, one in which he is well supported by Richard Jordan and Peter Boyle who give wonderfully low-key performances as the other two main protagonists. It is one of my top ten.

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