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The Choirboys (1977)




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Loosely based on former policeman Joseph Wambaugh's humorous novel, The Choirboys determinedly explores the stunted interior lives of a large crew of callous, bigoted L.A. policemen. These men get together to lend one another emotional support. However, the means they choose for this do not enhance their sensitivity or their judgement. When one of them has a really bad day, he asks his buddies to come to "choir practice," and they get together for alcoholic benders of fairly epic proportions. When one of them accidentally shoots a homosexual teen cruising a city park, everyone (including higher-ups) gets called on to help with the cover-up. The Choirboys, which was a critical and box-office failure, had an impressive cast list, including such well-known performers as Blair Brown, James Woods, Randy Quaid, Lou Gossett Jr., Perry King and Charles Durning.

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Charles Durning
as Spermwhale Whalen
Perry King
as Baxter Slate
Clyde Kusatsu
as Francis Tanaguchi
Stephen Macht
as Van Moot
Tim McIntire
as Roscoe Rules
Chuck Sacci
as Sartino
James Woods
as bloomguard
Burt Young
as Scuzzi
Blair Brown
as Mrs. Lyles
Michele Carey
as Ora Lee Tingle
Joe Kapp
as Hod carrier
Jim Davis
as Capt. Drobeck
Phyllis Davis
as Foxy/Gina
Jack de Leon
as Luther Quigley
George DiCenzo
as Lt. Grimsley
David Spielberg
as Lt. Finque
Vic Tayback
as Pete Zoony
Susan Batson
as Sabrina
Claire Brennon
as Carolina Moon
Claire Brennan
as Carolina Moon
Dimitri Logothetis
as Card player
Bob Minor
as Hod carrier 2
Maria O'Brien
as Carrier 2's wife
Lomax Study
as Businessman
Ben Young
as Vice officer
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Critic Reviews for The Choirboys

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

The Choirboys takes a fairly obnoxious place among a burgeoning genre of Hollywood films determined to revel in raunchiness.

December 21, 2015 | Full Review…

I don't know how Aldrich, a usually good director who can go off from time to time, can be responsible for this.

November 1, 2019 | Full Review…

What is more interesting about this singular and violent film is its critique -- both cheerful and fierce -- of the police. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The actors are all fine talents who probably thought they'd be making the novel; poor idealistic dreamers. Don't they know what Hollywood does to good books?

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Super cool.

February 15, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

This is not one of Aldrich's better films.

July 4, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Choirboys


A bit dated but involving version of Wambaugh's novel. Excellent performances from a great cast of character actors.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Unbelievably offensive 70s "comedy" that seems to think that racism and police brutality is hilarious. The decent cast (all at a very early stage in their careers) would probably be less ashamed of appearing in hardcore bestial porn.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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