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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 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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Trivia

After the way his novel was adapted for this film, Joseph Wambaugh decided to take more control of his literary works, having a much larger influence on the production of The Black Marble (1980) and The Onion Field (1979). 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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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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I loved the book and the movie, sorry.
28 March 2008 | by m-knellSee all my reviews

It seems like we're supposed to hate this one but I loved it, I'm sorry but there you go.

Maybe it was because it came out at the time when punk had just happened. To me the book & the movie were such a break from the usual stereotypical pro-authority nonsense we were being regularly served up at the time (and sadly we seem to have gotten back to these days).

Naturally the book was, by far, the better experience (a genuine 'laugh out loud' read to be highly recommended) but nevertheless I found both hilarious and a long overdue reality check on the forelock tugging blind belief in benevolent and always virtuous 'authority' (something which applies well outsides of the confines of any Police unit too).

I think it's a real pity we seem to have lost that very healthy irreverence & scepticism and are today saddled with way too much haughty hard-faced tedium and an expectation that we blindly trust authority figures.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese | Spanish

Release Date:

23 December 1977 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

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

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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