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The Choirboys (1977)

aka The Choirboys

"Don't look for these guys in church."

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Details: 119 mins · English · R (USA)

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Cast:

Small Spermwhale Whalen
Small Calvin Motts
Small Baxter Slate
Small Francis Tanaguchi
No_movie_poster Spencer Van Moot
No_movie_poster Roscoe Rules
Small Dean Proust
No_movie_poster 'Father' Sartino
No_movie_poster Sam Lyles
Small Harold Bloomguard
Small Scuzzi
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Crew:

Small Robert Aldrich Director
No_movie_poster Christopher Knopf Screenplay
No_movie_poster Joseph Wambaugh Novel
Small Mark Damon Production
No_movie_poster William Martin Editing

Taglines:

"Don't look for these guys in church."

Plot:

The Choirboys is a 1977 American comedy-drama film directed by Robert Aldrich, written by Christopher Knopf and Joseph Wambaugh based on Wambaugh's novel. It features an ensemble cast including Charles Durning, Louis Gossett, Jr., Randy Quaid and James Woods. The film was released to theaters by Universal Pictures on December 23, 1977.

Los Angeles police officers experiencing various pressures at work unwind at night with drunken get-togethers (a.k.a. "choir practice") at MacArthur Park, where their pranks often go too far: among those there are a retiring cop, a small number of young cops, a bigoted one and a Vietnam vet with Panic Disorder.

The film attracted negative reviews and is considered by some to be Aldrich's weakest film. Vincent Canby's review in the Dec. 24, 1977 New York Times described the film as "cheap and nasty" as well as "a stylistic and narrative mess." Wambaugh, after seeing the film, sued and got his name taken off the credits of the final print.

While the original showed scenes not shown on TV, the TV version took major edits. Unused scenes were added for the broadcast.