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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:

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Parents Guide:

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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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Peter Yates purposefully chose the yellow car for Jackie Brown to drive because it would always be easy to identify. See more »

Goofs

Eddie's wife carries in a box of Apple Jacks cereal from the dining room and places it on a high shelf above the kitchen sink, right next to another box of cereal, as Eddie comes home and washes his hands in the sink. Then, when Eddie is shown grabbing some food out of the fridge in an alternate angle shot of the same scene, the cereal boxes are down on the sink behind the dishrack. Still, the Apple Jacks logo is front and center. See more »

Quotes

Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: I shoulda known better than to trust a cop. My own goddamn mother coulda told me that.
Dave Foley: Everybody oughta listen to his mother.
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Connections

Featured in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) 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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