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The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

R | | Crime, Drama | 27 June 1973 (USA)
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.

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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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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 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 »

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Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: All right, nothing. I wished I had a nickel for every name I got that was all right.
[shows Jackie Brown his left hand]
Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: Look at that. You know what that is?
Jackie Brown: Your hand.
Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: I hope you look closer at those guns than you did at that hand. Look at your own goddamn hand.
Jackie Brown: Yeah?
Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: Count your fuckin' knuckles.
Jackie Brown: All of 'em?
Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle: Count as many as you want. As many as you got, I got four more. You know how I got those? I bought some stuff from a man. I knew his name. The stuff was traced. The guy I bought it for, he's...
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27 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

What a great movie! One of the most realistic stories of the small-time criminal. Robert Mitchuim gives an outstanding performance as Eddie Coyle, a small-time Irish gangster who works both sides of the fence. Richard Jordan in a fine supporting role as a hard-nosed detective out to burst a gang of well-trained bank robbers. Alex Rocco as a no-nonsense bank robber, and Peter Boyle as the stoolie/hit-man.

The movie however is stolen by the late Steven Keats. Keats plays a gun runner who sells machine guns out of the trunk of his sport's car. The friends of Eddie Coyle is extremely well-acted, grittly filmed, and low-key. It has a brutally shocking and surprising ending. An outstanding movie which for some strange reason hasn't found it's way to DVD or video.


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