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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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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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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

Peter Boyle found it very difficult to draw a glass of tap beer for his part of a bartender. Director Peter Yates arranged for a correctly-filled glass to be available for Boyle below the camera line. Unseen by the camera eye, Boyle then switched glasses, See more »

Goofs

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 »

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. ...
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A bit of a mini masterpiece -- just as long as you know what you are in for.
19 October 2005 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

An ageing small time hood (Robert Mitchem - in the title role) is looking at jail time and wants to cut a deal with the forces of law and order. However this is just one of the many plates that he wants to keep spinning on their wobbly poles.

This is a film that is a bit different. Indeed having seen a million films (or it seems like it) you expect it go off in a different direction, grab hold of the drama and try and pep it up with cheap thrills. The Friends of Eddie Coyle fights against that - throwing away many of the free gifts that comes its way and focus on how a man can paint himself in to a corner.

This is Mitchem's best ever role. Never having been in classic this is the next best thing. The world weariness helps him for this part - you feel that he really has been in the crime business since it was invented and has really seen it all and done it all (as his bar room stories seem to indicate). However for Eddie the party is over. He is like a late Elvis - fat, bloated and living on his old reputation. Hoping that he can play both ends against the middle one last time.

The title has an irony. He really has no friends. He knows that too (because he is not stupid), although he has to make do with people that pretend to be. It is too late for another life and the bills keep having to be paid and food needs to be kept on the table. He is not a master criminal -- more a brave odd-job man.

While this movie hasn't been widely seen (it gets of odd plays on UK TV) a lot of important people have seen it. You can see the Sopranos in some of the scenes where people view crime as a business with death and prison being occupational hazards.

This is quite dark and mean, but you are comforted that the people getting hurt or doing the hurting are more or less the same. People caught in the vortex of earning an easy buck and it is far too late to start changing now. Friends is a tough movie and one of the few films I have seen that while steeped in crooks and crime remains fair and moral for every frame.


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