The Friends of Eddie Coyle

1973 • 102 minutes
4.6
28 reviews
98%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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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.
Rating
R
4.6
28 reviews
Matt D
April 24, 2016
A fabulous collection of character actors surround a subtle, but effective, Robert Mitchum performance. A crime drama that emphasizes drama not action. That emphasis elevates the entire movie from a standard gangster flick to a classic. Mitchum and Steven Keats deliver the best dialogue in their scenes. In fact, Keats comes close to stealing this picture from Mitchum. If you want to see a dichotomy of criminal loyalties, then watch The Friends of Eddie Coyle.
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Stefan ChEx
June 7, 2017
As a Boston native who grew up in boston in the 80s and 90s, I loved this film so much. Gritty tale of older washed up Irish mobster, trying to save his own skin.
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Lillia Franco
August 9, 2022
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