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The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)




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Based on the best-selling novel by George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle chronicles the last days of a weary Boston-based weapons dealer. Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) doesn't want to serve a life sentence in prison, so he becomes an informant for both the police and the treasury department. Coyle is likewise unwilling to give up his lifestyle, thus he continues his illegal gun-running operation for the underworld. The mob becomes aware that Eddie is squealing to the cops, so they send his best friend, Dillon (Peter Boyle), to rub him out. Dillon compassionately takes Eddie out on the town, treating him to dinner and a hockey game...then drives to a deserted field to carry out his orders. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: George V. Higgins, Paul Monash
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On DVD: May 19, 2009
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Robert Mitchum
as Eddie 'Fingers' Coyl...
Richard Jordan
as Dave Foley
Steven Keats
as Jackie Brown
Alex Rocco
as Scalise
Joe Santos
as Artie Van
Helena Carroll
as Sheila Coyle
Peter MacLean
as Partridge
Kevin O'Morrison
as Manager of 2nd Bank
James Tolkan
as The Man's Contact Ma...
Judith Ogden Cabot
as Mrs. Partridge
Jan Egleson
as Pale Kid
Jack Kehoe
as The Beard
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Critic Reviews for The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | May 3, 2003
Chicago Reader
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Robert Mitchum brings late-career gravitas to this brilliant Boston-set crime thriller.

Full Review… | February 2, 2016
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Audience Reviews for The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Eddie Fingers finally set free after being beaten around the bush (to save him from serving several years of prison life) by a cunning ATF agent. "Everybody ought to listen to his mother." Okay.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Above average mid period Mitchum drama. Very dated in look now but that adds to the feeling of the story. Excellent cast of character actors, most of whom were just starting out at the time.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Seventies noir that owes much of the austerity and realism to the cold city of Boston as well as to the the french crime thrillers of Jean Pierre Melville mostly to the superb "Le Doulos" as the character study of a man moving between two factions, Robert Mitchum as an old, weary weapons dealer turned into an informant to keep himself free from a conviction he thinks would be his last. The street prose of writer George Higgins, and Peter Yates' minimalist direction are the stronger points of this notable film.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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