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George V. Higgins (based on the novel by)
Paul Monash (screenplay)
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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.
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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. 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 (71 total) »


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102 min
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Australia:M | Canada:R | Canada:G (Quebec) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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"The Friends of Eddie Coyle" is one of director Yates' three favorite movies. The other two are "Breaking Away" and "The Dresser."See more »
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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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Waters:[referring to Coyle] Does he work anywhere?
Dave Foley:Yeah, he's a night expeditor in Al's Trucking, but just try to find him there. He works about as much as Santa Claus.
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56 out of 62 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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