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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:

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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

Several names of characters were changed from the novel: Sam Niles to Sam Lyles (Don Stroud), Calvin Potts to Calvin Motts (Louis Gossett Jr.), Father Willie Wright to Father Sartino (Chuck Sacci), and Dean Pratt became Dean Proust (Randy Quaid). 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

Harold Bloomguard: Greetings and Hallucinations, Sergeant Yanoff.
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Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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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What Went Wrong ?
30 May 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

On paper this should have been excellent . We have Robert Aldrich who made some very intelligent , cynical movies like ATTACK , THE DIRTY DOZEN , TOO LATE THE HERO and ULZANA'S RAID directing a novel by acclaimed author Joseph Wambaugh and featuring amongst others notable actors like Louis Gosset Jnr and James Woods before they became well known . But since it was made on celluloid and not on paper that doesn't appear to count for very much

THE CHOIRBOYS is a mess . There's little plot to speak off and is so cluttered up with characters that it's impossible to understand where the screenplay is going and of the characters themselves they're very unlikable . Since the characters are amoral policeman I thought perhaps someone had the idea of making this as a precursor to HILL STREET BLUES and I guess somewhere along the line that's what the intention was , of an off beat black comedy but the writing , directing and acting is so heavy handed it's like watching a very bad adult version of POLICE ACADEMY with only the sequence of a man taking his pink poodle in the park coming close to raising a smile

Did I start this review by asking what went wrong ? After seeing the movie in its entirety I feel I now have to ask did anything go right ?


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