The Boston Accent: ‘The Friends of Eddie Coyle’ (1973)
Stars Robert Mitchum as the title character, “an aging low-level mook in the Boston criminal hierarchy who has to decide whether avoiding a two-year stretch in a New Hampshire prison is worth dropping the dime on his bank-robber friends,’’ Burr writes. ‘’ ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ grandpa Peter Boyle is a treacherous bar owner, and Alex Rocco (Moe Greene from ‘The Godfather’) is one of the robbers.’’ Filmed in Dorchester and on the South Shore, at the Kentucky Tavern on the corner of Mass. Ave. and Newbury, on the Cambridge side of the Charles by the MIT dorms, in a Milton house, and at the railway station in Sharon (a sign mockingly informs the characters that the town is “a better place to live because it’s Naturally Beautiful”). The accents, Burr writes, are ‘’just about flawless.’’
Pictured, Robert Mitchum as Eddie Coyle.