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The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle
... Dillon
... Dave Foley
Steven Keats ... Jackie Brown
... Jimmy Scalise
... Artie Van
... Waters
Peter MacLean ... Mr. Partridge
... Bank manager #2
Marvin Lichterman ... Vernon
... Nancy
... The Man's contact man
... Andrea
... Pete
Helena Carroll ... Sheila Coyle
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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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Die Freunde von Eddie Coyle  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Steven Keats was partially cast by Peter Yates because Yates thought Keats looked like Mick Jagger. See more »

Goofs

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

Dave Foley: [Foley has just gotten the jump on some bank robbers he's been following] April Fool, motherfuckers.
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Referenced in Justified: The Promise (2015) See more »

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Mitchum's performance soars
24 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Mitchum has never been better. This is an absolute gem of a film, very underrated and very under appreciated. Peter Boyle is also excellent and the direction superb. I think this film captures Boston and the lives of small time mobsters better than any other film.

Elmore Leonard called the novel upon which the movie is based the best crime novel ever written. The movie does it justice.


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