With friends like these..!
Eddie Coyle has a problem. He's going to prison, and needs the help of a cop to vouch for him so that his sentence is reduced. Only thing is, his way out is to become a snitch. He knows a few low-to-mid level hoods, but will it be enough to buy him his freedom?
''The Friends of Eddie Coyle'' is a 1970 novel by Boston author George V. Higgins, as well as a 1973 movie starring Robert Mitchum, Peter Boyle, and Alex Rocco.
!!''The Friends of Eddie Coyle'' provides examples of the following tropes:
* FriendlyEnemy Dillon, who is Eddie's drinking buddy and regular bartender, ends up [[spoiler:using Eddie to eliminate Scalise, then murders Eddie.]]
* NoHonorAmongThieves Despite pretending to live by a code of honor, [[spoiler:Eddie is set up as a fall guy by Dillon, who makes Eddie look like a snitch to get him whacked.]] The irony is that [[spoiler:Eddie tried to be a snitch, but failed miserably]].
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster Subverted mostly, in that most of the gangster characters are either doomed, broke, headed to prison -- or all three.
* AffablyEvil Dillon, who is the guy you'd least suspect [[spoiler:would lead Eddie to his death. And kill him personally.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Ironically subverted in that Eddie has no true friends.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter Eddie continues trusting those around him, despite the fact that after Scalise goes down, everyone is sure that Eddie was the snitch. And that means one thing.
* TheFilmOfTheBook Based on The Friends of Eddie Coyle, published in 1970, was the debut novel of George V. Higgins, then an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston.
* DownerEnding Hoo-yeah! Despite what we think, Eddie [[spoiler: is easily duped by his good friend into coming along to a hockey game, where shortly thereafter he's killed.]] It's made all the worse by the fact that [[spoiler:this same "fiend" is the actual guy who ratted out the guys whom the other guys paid to kill Eddie.]] Catch that?
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Slightly subverted. While the script is full of memorable lines, scenes and characters do tend to meander (enjoyably).
* BankRobbery Several on the part of Scalise, and the surprising thing is [[spoiler:they (mostly) go off without a hitch. Except the last one.]]
* LeftHanging: Gun dealer Dave Foley is arrested after Eddie tips the cops on Dave's upcoming machine gun sale. Swears revenge, is never heard from again.
* OutlawCouple Wannabe hippie couple wants to buy guns from Dave.
* CompensatingForSomething Dave's awful, wonderful 1972 Plymouth RoadRunner with a 383 Hemi V8. In lime green.
* UglyGuyHotWife Double subverted? In that Robert Mitchum is considered comely in some quarters, where his movie wife is, while not unattractive... not.
* LoserProtagonist Sadly, that just about sums ol' Eddie up.
* CruelTwistEnding Sadly, [[spoiler:Eddie is easily duped and killed by the film's real bad guy, Dillon, who was best buds all along with Jackie Brown, the cop that was Eddie's last, best hope.]] This is made worse by the fact that Eddie delayed giving Jackie the information that [[spoiler:could have saved his own life.]]
* TwistEnding It's bad enough that [[spoiler: Eddie is killed]], until we find out that the reason it happened was [[spoiler: Dillon and Jackie Brown were friends all along.]]
* HotGuyUglyWife Mean, but perhaps all Truth ist.
* BadassGrandpa Subverted because, while he's old(er), Eddie Coyle is decidedly a schlub.