THE BEST MOVIE EVER made in Boston is not on video, but you can see it tonight at the Coolidge Corner Theater at 7 pm (ending early enough to get home to catch the last three quarters of the Celtics-Lakers' Game 1). You can read more about The Friends of Eddie Coyle in the book excerpt in a post below, but it's still the grittiest crime thriller made in the city and it is the godfather to a number of more recent Boston crime movies, from Monument Ave. to Gone Baby Gone. Remarkably, it's the only movie ever made from a George V. Higgins novel--perhaps because it was a commercial flop. If anyone today wrote movie-ready dialogue as well as Higgins, he'd have every novel optioned by Hollywood and would be getting paid hundreds of thousands as a script-doctor. Higgins' influence wasn't only cinematic. Elmore Leonard was a big fan, too, and he paid tribute to Higgins by recycling the Coyle character name Jackie Brown in his Rum Punch.
Watch the trailer: