Los Angeles private investigator Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter. Moseby tracks the daughter down, only to stumble upon something much more intriguing and sinister.
A vicious Kansas City slaughterhouse owner and his hick family are having a bloody "beef" with the Chicago crime syndicate over profits from their joint illegal operations. Top enforcer Nick Devlin is sent to straighten things out.
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
A key scene takes place at a NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins. Bobby Orr and Eddie Johnston are seen playing for the Bruins and Keith Magnuson, Tony Esposito, Bill White, Pat Stapleton and Cliff Koroll are seen playing for the Blackhawks. See more »
When Eddie meets Dave Foley in the park when he says, "Hell, I'm 51 years old," his lips don't match that statement. 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?
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We're all aware of the antihero,well I think this movie has the quintessential "fantastic loser".Excuse me for coining a phrase but this group may go unnoticed otherwise.Along with movies like Fat City,Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (or just about every Warren Oates role)these characters may be the most interesting to watch,and Robert Mitchums performance in this movie has to be the best.Like a character that is hated but still championed it must have been hard to pull off a loser without the audience feeling overwhelming sympathy.I cannot believe when reading about Robert Mitchum that this movie is not mentioned.For me it is unquestionably his finest and most honest.Supporting roles,writing and direction all get high marks as well.One of the finest in a decade of masterpieces.
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