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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 ... 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.

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

The ice hockey sequence was shot over the course of two days. See more »

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When Eddie talks with Dillon in the bar just after the bank robbers are caught, a mike is visible in the upper part of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: I was thinkin' in terms of you maybe talkin' to the prosecutor up there, and havin' him drop a word to the judge how I been helpin' my Uncle like a bastard?
Dave Foley: Well, I would. But then again you haven't been.
Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: What? I gave you a couple of calls.
Dave Foley: Yeah, you give me some real stuff, too. You tell me about a guy that's gonna get hit, 15 minutes later he gets hit. You tell me about some guys on a job, but you don't tell me till their coming out the door with the money. That's not helping Uncle, Eddie. You ...
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Referenced in The Simpsons: The Town (2016) See more »

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the best unavailable film ever made
12 April 2001 | by HERMIT-8See all my reviews

Anyone reading the Boston press in 2001 will be shocked to learn how real, how current this film really is. The connection between the FBI and organized crime is serious and is portrayed here with a sense of reality that cannot be matched. Peter Boyle is simply fantastic in his role as a Whitey Bulger character combining hit-man, bartender, informer, and a friend of Eddie Coyle. Why is this great film not on VHS or DVD???


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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