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      The Choirboys

      R 1977 1 hr. 59 min. Comedy Drama List
      40% 10 Reviews Tomatometer 39% 500+ Ratings Audience Score Roscoe Rules (Tim McIntire) is exactly the kind of cop you don't want on the job. When he's not getting drunk after hours, he is insulting the citizens he supposedly serves. And his cop buddies are no better, from the always-angry Sam (Don Stroud) to the geeky Harold (James Woods), who constantly makes questionable busts of prostitutes. When a member of the group mistakenly shoots a gay man in a park while the gang is out carousing, everyone closes ranks to cover up the crime. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 03 Buy Now

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      Thomas M you want a 70's guy movie , make some popcorn and here you go, this film is nothing like the book so don't read the book first . Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Drunk policemen in Los Angeles is the theme of this cult comedy that has grown in fan base over the years. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Based on a novel by Sam Wambugh, a retired police office, this could have been a funnier film. Instead we get a film about a group of police officers who are racist, sexist, homophic and get drunk just about every night just as they are about to get out to do the night shift. It also makes police brutality look funny. Besides drinking some of their activities include going to prostitutes. Just what we need, an offensive group of characters. The film seems to think it's a morality play as well when one of the older policemen is threatened with losing his pension fund just before reitriement and gets caught up a mess with the officers one night He eventually gets back at those who are trying to make him lose his pension. Overall, just an unpleasant film to watch even with and excellent cast in early roles such as Lou Gosset Jr James Wood and Charles Durning. it most liilely could have been a much better picture Made in 1977. As a footnote it was a failure at the box office and with the critics at the time as well. The author of the novel made sure his name wouldn't appear in the credits. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Rather repellent comedy about the shenanigans about a group of LA cops from the usually reliable director, Robert Aldrich. What made the film so repellent is the casual racism, homophobia, sexism and just about every other ism you can think being used as a source of comedy. The film does feature an amazing cast of of actors, many before they were famous, including Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Perry King, Randy Quaid, Don Stroud, James Woods, Burt Young, Charles Haid, Blair Brown, and Vic Tayback. If the attitudes of the police depicted in this film is to believed, you probably get a good picture of why many segments of the community have so much hatred towards cops. I sincerely hope that the casual racism, sexism and so on depicted in this film is not accurate, but I do wonder if this film is an inadvertently accurate time capsule representing attitudes of the time. However, author Joseph Wambaugh, who's novel this is based on and who was a LA police officer for 14 years, disowned this film and fought to have his name removed from it, so hopefully this is not what it ws really like. But putting these offensive elements aside, the film really want all that entertaining or compelling or feature any interesting characters. Told essentially through a series of "funny" vignettes, it's a meandering film that seemed to lack any kind of real dramatic arc. And the "comedy" was never really all that funs. Overall, this film is really only worth watching as a time capsule. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member 'Police Academy' joins 'The Breakfast Club'--EXCELLENT Example of 1970's Black Comedies!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A bit dated but involving version of Wambaugh's novel. Excellent performances from a great cast of character actors. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Gary Arnold Washington Post The Choirboys takes a fairly obnoxious place among a burgeoning genre of Hollywood films determined to revel in raunchiness. Dec 21, 2015 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault Pedestrian sleaze. Rated: C- Nov 29, 2022 Full Review Bernard Drew Gannett News Service I don't know how Aldrich, a usually good director who can go off from time to time, can be responsible for this. Nov 1, 2019 Full Review Jesús Fernández Santos El Pais (Spain) What is more interesting about this singular and violent film is its critique -- both cheerful and fierce -- of the police. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Donald McLean Bay Area Reporter 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? Jul 24, 2019 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Super cool. Rated: 4/5 Feb 15, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Roscoe Rules (Tim McIntire) is exactly the kind of cop you don't want on the job. When he's not getting drunk after hours, he is insulting the citizens he supposedly serves. And his cop buddies are no better, from the always-angry Sam (Don Stroud) to the geeky Harold (James Woods), who constantly makes questionable busts of prostitutes. When a member of the group mistakenly shoots a gay man in a park while the gang is out carousing, everyone closes ranks to cover up the crime.
      Director
      Robert Aldrich
      Production Co
      Lorimar Film Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 7, 2015
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