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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.

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Cast

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Spermwhale Whalen
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Calvin Motts
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Baxter Slate
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Francis Tanaguchi
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Spencer Van Moot
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Roscoe Rules
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Dean Proust
Chuck Sacci ...
'Father' Sartino
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Sam Lyles
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Harold Bloomguard
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Scuzzi
Susan Batson ...
Sabrina
Cheryl Smith ...
Tammy
Claire Brennen ...
Carolina Moon
Gene Chronopoulos ...
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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.

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Don't look for these guys in church.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

23 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Chorknaben  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'The Choirboys' title is derived from the activities of the story's police officers which they call "choir practices" - these are drunken parties that the cops throw in order to let off steam from the stress and pressure of their jobs. 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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Connections

Referenced in Da Corleone a Brooklyn (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got a Crush on You
Music by George Gershwin
Lyric by Ira Gershwin
Published by New World/Harms
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Pretty close to the real thing...I know
21 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was a cop with about 10 years on the street when I read Wambaugh's book, and figured the movie would be terrible. I thought Altman and his crew caught both the flavor of the book and of life on the mean streets of LA dead on.

Maybe you had to have been there. I was a great Hill Street fan (still am), but it was sanitized for TV, and much less like the real thing because of needing to maintain a plot line. Life ain't like that, and neither was The Choir Boys.

Cop humor is hard to fathom for outsiders. Cops are, in fact, a minority group anthropologically, meeting all the same criteria. Life out there doesn't go from A to B to C. It's chaotic. So was the movie, a little. Good job of catching the feeling.


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