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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.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

George V. Higgins (based on the novel by), Paul Monash (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle
Peter Boyle ... Dillon
Richard Jordan ... Dave Foley
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Jackie Brown
Alex Rocco ... Jimmy Scalise
Joe Santos ... Artie Van
Mitchell Ryan ... Waters
Peter MacLean Peter MacLean ... Mr. Partridge
Kevin O'Morrison ... Bank manager #2
Marvin Lichterman Marvin Lichterman ... Vernon
Carolyn Pickman ... Nancy
James Tolkan ... The Man's contact man
Margaret Ladd ... Andrea
Matthew Cowles ... Pete
Helena Carroll 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.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Freunde von Eddie Coyle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Keats was cast at the last minute as Jackie Brown after he was discovered doing theater work by the filmmakers. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie and Dillon are at the Bruins/Blackhawks hockey game, a Hawks player is pulled down by a Bruin near the Chicago goal. Clearly visible in the background is the Chicago goalie wearing jersey number 35 (this was Tony Esposito in the 1970's). There is a cut to Eddie and Dillon in the stands and then a long shot showing the subsequent on-ice altercation. The Chicago goalie is involved in this brawl but he is now clearly wearing jersey number 1 (Gary Smith, the Hawks backup goalie in those days). See more »

Quotes

The Man's contact man: [asking Dillon to commit a hit] The man says tonight.
Dillon: Look, when I hit somebody, I do it right - not like some Goddamned kid who found his girl fuckin' someone else.
The Man's contact man: Now... he said tonight...
Dillon: [interrupting] ... he says - he says... Look, five grand in front.
The Man's contact man: Look, you get it when you do the job.
Dillon: Who would make a hit on the cuff? Look, that's not the way it happens, and the man knows that, and I'm beginnin' to wonder if he sent you.
The Man's contact man: Now, look...
Dillon: Noe, look nothin'... I treat a man with respect. I ...
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Referenced in Justified: The Promise (2015) See more »

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Probably Mitchum's best performance
30 October 1998 | by Keith-39See all my reviews

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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