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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Baxter Slate
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Francis Tanaguchi
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Dean Proust
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'Father' Sartino
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Sam Lyles
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Harold Bloomguard
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Scuzzi
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Sabrina
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Tammy
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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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23 December 1977 (USA)  »

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$6,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Writer Joseph Wambaugh was a Californian policeman for fourteen years before at the age of 30 he began to write novels about the police force. See more »

Quotes

Harold Bloomguard: Greetings and Hallucinations, Sergeant Yanoff.
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Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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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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