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. … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Christopher Knopf, Joseph Wambaugh
In Theaters:
MCA Universal Home Video


as Spermwhale Whalen

as Baxter Slate

as Francis Tanaguchi

as Van Moot

as Roscoe Rules

as Proust

as Sartino

as Lyles

as bloomguard

as Scuzzi

as Fanny Forbes

as Mrs. Lyles

as Ora Lee Tingle

as Hod carrier

as Capt. Drobeck

as Foxy/Gina

as Luther Quigley

as Lt. Grimsley

as Lt. Finque

as Pete Zoony

as Sabrina

as Carolina Moon

as Carolina Moon

as Card player

as Hod carrier 2

as Carrier 2's wife

as Odello

as Businessman

as Vice officer
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Critic Reviews for The Choirboys

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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Super cool.

February 15, 2008

This is not one of Aldrich's better films.

Full Review… | July 4, 2007
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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

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

Super Reviewer

I like this film because it is both funny and serious and I love the choice of actors playing the roles of the police men

Jay Maultsby

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