It’s getting to be that time of year where nothing is better than curling up on the couch with some snacks, a seasonal beer and a good movie. Today, we’ve got a recommendation that you’ve probably never seen that ranks pretty high in our top favorite Boston movies list. 1973’s “The Friends of Eddie Coyle” oozes grit and authenticity.
Starring Robert Mitchum as Eddie Coyle, the titular character is a delivery truck driver who is also plays a low level gun runner for the local mob. He is facing several years in prison for a truck hijacking in New Hampshire and must become an informant for the ATF. You’re going to be blown away, but we don’t want to give too much of the plot away and we encourage you to watch the film for yourself.
The film received stellar reviews upon its release, though it was far from a box office smash. During production, Mitchum wanted to meet with local crime boss Whitey Bulger but was advised against it by the author of the book that the movie is based on, George V Higgins. Mitchum did meet with Howie Winter of the Winter Hill Gang, though. The film was shot almost entirely on location in Boston, along with the surrounding towns of Malden, Quincy, Cambridge, Dedham and Somerville. If you’re looking for a Boston flick you haven’t seen that bleeds the reality of 1970’s Boston, this is it.