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The Choirboys (1977)

A group of Los Angeles cops decide to take off some of the pressures of their jobs by engaging in various forms of after hours debauchery.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Joseph Wambaugh (novel), Christopher Knopf (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Durning ... Spermwhale Whalen
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Calvin Motts
Perry King ... Baxter Slate
Clyde Kusatsu ... Francis Tanaguchi
Stephen Macht ... Spencer Van Moot
Tim McIntire ... Roscoe Rules
Randy Quaid ... Dean Proust
Chuck Sacci ... 'Father' Sartino
Don Stroud ... Sam Lyles
James Woods ... Harold Bloomguard
Burt Young ... Scuzzi
Susan Batson ... Sabrina
Cheryl Smith ... Tammy
Claire Brennen Claire Brennen ... Carolina Moon
Gene Chronopoulos Gene Chronopoulos ... Card Player
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A disparate group of Metro Los Angeles police officers - the rank and file - bond over their commonality of being brothers in blue despite their differences. The other thing they all seem to need is a venue to blow off some steam together, what they collectively call "choir practice": after hours piss ups, usually in public, where they again can relieve the pressures of the work day. Despite their brotherhood, not all their lives they feel they can share with each other in the overwhelming sense of what it means to be a real man in this environment. A few weeks in their lives and a few choir practices later are shown, when three of the younger officers, Baxter, Lyles and Bloomguard - the latter two who served together in Vietnam - are temporarily assigned to night duty in Vice under the leadership of Sgt. Scuzzi, who they always assumed was the janitor; as young Proust tries to mitigate the negative effects of his unabashedly blowhard, redneck and bigoted partner, Roscoe out on the ... Written by Huggo

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From the Outrageous Best-Seller ... The Wildest, Toughest, Funniest Cops ... Ever See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese | Spanish

Release Date:

23 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Chorknaben See more »

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Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Wambaugh was a California policeman for fourteen years before, at the age of thirty, he began to write novels about the police force. See more »

Goofs

When Sgt. Yanov reads roll call at the beginning of the movie, he calls out 16 names, but their are 26 men in the room. See more »

Quotes

Roscoe Rules: [attempting reverse psychology on a female attempting to jump from a roof] Go ahead, Bitch. Jump!
[she jumps]
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Soundtracks

I've Got a Crush on You
Music by George Gershwin
Lyric by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Vic Tayback
Published by New World/Harms
[Zoony sings the song in the public men's room]
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Just one of several reasons...
23 August 2004 | by kidZeeSee all my reviews

...that truly excellent novels shouldn't be made into movies. Actually, Joseph Wambaugh (the author of _The Choirboys_ had several bad experiences with Hollywood directors mangling his work (The New Centurion, The Blue Knight), to the extent that he blasted the film biz in his scathing _Glitter Dome_.

In defense of director Robert Aldrich, Wambaugh's humor must be nearly impossible to convey through acting, but by the same token, it doesn't even appear that a good effort was made in this film, which seems to attempt to capitalize on a few lurid episodes of the novel that, when woven into the overall story, do much to characterize rarely-seen sides of police life, but when portrayed sheerly for shock value, kick this film squarely into "B" movie territory. It's a shame, since some decent acting performances (such as Louis Gossett Jr's) are evident, but they founder in this effort.

Overall: instead of renting the movie, buy the paperback. Infinitely more entertaining.


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