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The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by Peter Yates
Release Date 1973
Studio Paramount Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Eddie Coyle Robert Mitchum
Dillon Peter Boyle
Agent Dave Foley Richard Jordan
Jackie Brown Steven Keats
Jimmy Scalise Alex Rocco
Artie Van Joe Santos
Waters Mitchell Ryan
The Man's Contact James Tolkan

The Friends of Eddie Coyle is a 1973 American neo-noir] crime film starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle and directed by Peter Yates. The film tells the story of Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum), a small-time career hoodlum in the Irish Mob in Boston, Massachusetts. The title is purely ironic: Eddie has no friends. While critical reception was positive, with particular praise for Mitchum's performance, the movie was not popular with filmgoers and was a failure at the box office. In the fifty years since the movie was released it has become a cult classic thanks to repeated airings on various cable networks and home video. The movie is considered to be one of the more accurate depictions of life at the middle and lower levels of organized crime.

The following weapons were used in the film The Friends of Eddie Coyle:


Remington 870 Police Magnum

During the opening scene, a Wells Fargo bank truck guard carries a Remington 870 when the guards are unloading money into the bank. Treasury agent Dave Foley (Richard Jordan) also carries one when his agents bust Jackie Brown (Steven Keats) during his M16 deal.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
The Wells Fargo guard waits outside the bank during the opening scene.
Foley (Richard Jordan) holds his Remington 870 on Jackie Brown during the arrest.
Foley (Richard Jordan) and his agents arrest Jackie Brown (Steven Keats).

Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB

The two Wells Fargo bank truck guards unloading the money from the truck during the opening scene each carry a Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB (heavy barrel) revolver (Post 1950s Model) - .38 Special. Later incarnations of the Model 10 had a non-tapered heavy barrel, which leads it to be commonly mistaken for a .357 revolver.
The first guard knocks on the side of the truck, prompting the second guard to begin passing the money through.
The second guard keeps his Model 10 aimed as the first guard withdraws the cash bags.

Smith & Wesson Model 27

Jimmy Scalise (Alex Rocco) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 27 during the first bank robbery as one of the thirty guns procured for him by Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) through Jackie Brown (Steven Keats).

S&W Model 27-2 (.357 Magnum with 3.5" barrel)
Jackie Brown (Steven Keats) checks the cylinder of a Model 27 he obtains from "The Beard" (Jack Kehoe) as part of the guns ordered by Eddie Coyle.
Jackie looks down the barrel of the unloaded Model 27.
Jackie (Steven Keats) test aims the Model 27 he received from "The Beard".
Scalise (Alex Rocco) holds the Model 27 during the first bank robbery.

Colt Official Police

Artie Van (Joe Santos) uses a Colt Official Police in each of the bank robberies he pulls with Jimmy Scalise's gang. Scalise (Alex Rocco) himself uses one during the second and third bank robbery attempts.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Artie Van checks an Official Police in the bag that Coyle placed in his trunk.
Artie Van (Joe Santos), disguised in an identical mask as the other robbers, holds his Official Police on the first bank manager when asking for his car keys.
Artie Van (Joe Santos) pulls back his hammer during the first bank robbery.
Two bank robbers with their Colt Official Polices drawn during the second bank robbery.
Scalise aims his Colt Official Police at an overanxious bank employee during the second robbery.

Colt Police Positive

Another bank robber in Scalise's gang carries a Colt Police Positive.

Colt Police Positive with 4" Barrel - .38 spl
The bank robber leads a female employee into the lobby during the first bank robbery.
The bank robber holds his Police Positive on a calm bank employee during the first robbery.
The bank robber with his Police Positive drawn during the second bank robbery.


Jackie Brown (Steven Keats) keeps a nickel M1911A1 with white grips as his sidearm of choice, notably when brokering the M16 deal. Unlike other films of the era (such as The Wild Bunch, Dillinger, and Three Days of the Condor), the weapon appears to be a genuine .45-caliber 1911A1 rather than a Star Model B.

Rock Island Armory M1911A1 Pistol that was bright nickel plated by the owner (with pearl grips) - .45 ACP.
"This life is hard, but it's harder if you're stupid!" Jackie (Steven Keats) holds his 1911A1 on his associate.
Jackie (Steven Keats) aims his 1911A1 across the roof of his car.
Jackie aims his 1911A1 at the M16 "salesmen", commenting to them that he has "a .45". Based on the bore diameter, he appears to be correct.


One major plot point in the film involves Jackie Brown's sale of five M16 rifles to two aspiring bank robbers for $2,000 (including ammunition). The rifles are often referred to as "machine guns" throughout the film but are correctly identified as M16s more than once.

  • Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum): "I've never been able to understand a man that wanted to use a machine gun... The best all-around item is the four-inch Smith. You can lift it; she goes where you point it."
M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider, used to imitate the M16A1 in many Vietnam era movies. This version has a 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Jackie's associate approaches his car with a handful of M16 rifles.
Jackie excitedly shows the M16 rifles to Coyle, who comments: "Those look like fuckin' Army guns to me."

Colt Detective Special

One of the Treasury agents with Foley during Jackie Brown's arrest carries a blued first generation Colt Detective Special. A Detective Special is also seen loaded by Jackie into the bag he sells to Eddie.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special
As Jackie packs two Smith & Wesson revolvers and a Colt Detective Special into Coyle's bag, Coyle notices the M16 rifles.
A Treasury agent holds his Detective Special on Jackie.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 Snub

One of the .38-caliber revolvers Jackie sells to Coyle is a snubnose Smith & Wesson Model 36, which Scalise (Alex Rocco) inspects upon delivery.

Smith and Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
As Jackie packs two Smith & Wesson revolvers and a Colt Detective Special into Coyle's bag, Coyle notices the M16 rifles.
Coyle unpacks a Luger from the bag, placing it next to a S&W Model 36 on Scalise's bed.
Scalise inspects the Model 36.

unidentified bolt-action rifle

One of Foley's Treasury agents carries a scoped bolt-action rifle when Jackie Brown is busted for possession of M16 rifles.

The agent runs for his position.
The agent aims at Jackie Brown's car.

Remington 870

Another of Foley's Treasury agents carries a Remington 870 with wooden furniture during Jackie Brown's arrest.

Remington 870 Shotgun - 12 gauge. Note the wood furniture.
The agent takes his position in the woods.
The agent waits to make a move.

Luger P08

Coyle's final gun sale to Jimmy Scalise consists of "five Smiths, two Lugers, [and] a .357 Mag", with Coyle remarking about the latter that "you could hold up a bank with that thing yourself", charging $4,500 for the entire set. Despite playing an arms dealer, the Luger P08 is the only weapon Robert Mitchum is seen directly handling.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Coyle unpacks a Luger from the bag, placing it next to a S&W Model 36 on Scalise's bed.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

One of the "five Smiths" that Coyle sells to Scalise is a Smith & Wesson Model 10 which Scalise inspects then gives to one of his robbers to use in the third bank robbery attempt. Dave Foley (Richard Jordan) also carries one when he arrests Scalise's gang inside the house.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
Scalise inspects the Model 10.
One of the bank robbers raises the Model 10 as they are arrested.

Arminius HW-7

Dillon (Peter Boyle) uses a .22-caliber Arminius HW-7 revolver to murder Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) after the Bruins game. After his young associate complains about the sound, Dillon responds, "That's why I use a .22. I open up a .38 two-incher in here, you'll go right off the road."

Arminius HW-7, a version with vent rib - .22 LR
Dillon holds his Arminius revolver on Eddie's head.

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