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Choirboys
     

The Choirboys

Director: Robert Aldrich, Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King

Cast: Robert Aldrich, Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King

 
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

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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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There is a great film waiting to be found within the pages of the Joseph Wambaugh novel that gives this film its name. Unfortunately, Robert Aldrich and crew failed to deliver it with this film. The script faithfully translates many scenes and whole chunks of dialogue from the book verbatim but something went missing in the translation. This happens mainly because Aldrich's direction of the tale is uncharacteristically flat-footed, missing out on the surreal, cartoonish edge of the novel and delivering a finished product that lacks irony or any attempt to criticize the policemen heroes for the role they play in the vicious cycle of their careers. As a result, key scenes with a dark racial, social or sexual edge to them lack the sense of danger they should have and play out like crass gags from a particularly raunchy sitcom. The cast gives it their all, with pros like Charles Durning and Burt Young turning in solid work as police force veterans. However, normally reliable actors like Don Stroud and Perry King turn in overwrought performances, probably due to the shrill, one-note tone of the script and direction. Even the technical aspects of The Choirboys seems off: Joseph Biroc's cinematography has a dull, overlit "t.v.-movie" look to it and Frank DeVol's score includes humor-minded songs that sound like outtakes from the score of Car 54, Where Are You. In short, fans of Wambaugh's novels would be better off sticking with The Onion Field or The New Centurions rather than this misguided adaptation.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/2014
UPC:
0025192235955
Original Release:
1977
Source:
Universal Mod
Presentation:
[Colorized]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
9,101

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Performance Credits
Charles Durning Whalen
Louis Gossett Motts
Perry King Slate
Clyde Kusatsu Tanaguchi
Stephen Macht Van Moot
Tim McIntire Roscoe Rules
Randy Quaid Proust
Chuck Sacci Sartino
Don Stroud Lyles
James Woods bloomguard
Burt Young Scuzzi
Robert Webber Riggs
Jeanie Bell Fanny Forbes
Blair Brown Kimberly Miles
Michele Carey Ora Lee Tingle
Charles Haid Yanov
Barbara Rhoades "No Balls" Hadley
Jim Davis Capt. Drobeck
Phyllis Davis Foxy/Gina
Jack Deleon Luther Quigley
George DiCenzo Lt. Grimsley
David Spielberg Lt. Finque
Vic Tayback Pete Zoony
Michael Wills Blaney
Susan Batson Sabrina
Claire Brennan Carolina Moon
Loni Kaye Harkless Secretary
Joe Kapp Hod carrier
Dimitri Logothetis Card player
Louise Lorimer Fox
Bob Minor Hod carrier 2
Maria O'Brien Carrier 2's wife
Cheryl Smith Tammy
John Steadman Odello
Lomax Study Businessman
Bill Walker Tilden
Ben Young Vice officer
Suzanne Zenor Blonde

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director
Merv Adelson Producer
William Aldrich Associate Producer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Thomas Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank deVol Score Composer
Lynn H. Guthrie Associate Producer
Malcolm Harding Asst. Director
Bill Kenney Production Designer
Christopher Knopf Screenwriter
Yvonne Kubis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Martin Editor
Wiliam L. McCaughey Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Rich Producer
Irving Rosenblum Editor
Joseph Wambaugh Screenwriter
Maury Winetrobe Editor

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