The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Peter Yates
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

That's fine. Thank you.

May I come in, please?

- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

May I help you, sir?

- May I have change for 10?

- Yes. How would you like it?

Ten singles will be fine.

- Bye-bye.

- Bye now.


I can get your pieces

by tomorrow night.

I can get you probably six pieces.

I got more now,

but I promised some of this lot.

I don't know as I like that -

buying from the same lot

as somebody else.

- Makes me nervous.

- Yeah, well, I understand.

You don't understand like I understand.

I got certain responsibilities.

Look. I told you I understand.

- Did you get my name or didn't you?

- I got your name.

- Well, all right.

- All right nothin'.

I wished I had a nickel

for every name I got that was all right.

Look at that.

You know what that is?

Your hand.

I hope you look closer at those guns

than you did at that hand.

- Look at your own goddamn hand.

- Yeah?

- Count your f***in' knuckles.

- All of 'em?

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 at MCI Walpole for 15 to 25. Still in there.

But he had some friends.

I got an extra set of knuckles.

They put your hand in a drawer...

then somebody kicks the drawer shut.

Hurt like a bastard.


What makes it hurt worse,

what makes it hurt more...

is knowing what's gonna

happen to you, you know?

There you are.

They just come up to you and say, "Look.

"You made somebody mad.

You made a big mistake...

"and now there's somebody

doing time for it.

"There's nothing personal in it,

you understand, but it just has to be done.

Now get your hand out there. "

You think about not doing it, you know.

When I was a kid in Sunday school,

this nun -

she used to say, "Stick your hand out. "

I stick my hand out - Whap! She'd knock me

across the knuckles with a steel-edge ruler.

So one day I says,

when she told me, "Stick your hand out"...

I says, "No. " She whapped me right across

the face with the ruler. Same thing.

They put your hand in a drawer.

Somebody kicks the drawer shut.

Ever hear bones breaking? Just like a man

snapping a shingle. Hurts like a bastard.

I don't know who you been selling to...

but The Man tells me you got guns

to sell, I need guns.

Oh, look. You can't trace these guns.

I guarantee that.

You better, or neither one of us

will be able to shake hands.

Look. These guns are okay.

They're new.

Test firing's all they've had.

Brand-f***in'- new.

Air weight, shrouded hammers,

floating firing pins.

I can get you four inches and two inches.

Just tell me what you want.

- How much?

- Eighty.

Eighty? You ever sell guns before?

Look. I'm talking about 30 guns here.

What do you want, a discount?

I could sell 30 pieces tomorrow

without even seeing you.

I can't get my hands on 'em fast enough.

I'll bet if I was to go down the shrine there

and go to confession...

I'd get three Hail Marys, and then

the priest would ask me confidentially...

if I can get him something light

to carry underneath his coat.

People are desperate for guns.

I had a guy ask me seriously the other day...

- could I get him a few machine guns.

- What color was he?

He was a nice guy.

I never been able to understand

a man who wanted to use a machine gun.

You get hooked with it, it's life.

Your best all-around item

is the four-inch Smith.

You can lift it,

she goes where you point it.

- I'll go 50.

- Oh, bullshit.

Look. I'm talking about

Split the difference. Eighteen.

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Paul Monash

Paul Monash (June 14, 1917 – January 14, 2003) was an American television and film producer and screenwriter. more…

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