When Robert Aldrich's filmmaking is good, it's very, very good; and when it's bad it's awful. This cheap-looking ultra-raunchy alleged comedy about policemen leaves no stone unturned in its exploitation of vulgarity.

When Robert Aldrich’s filmmaking is good, it’s very, very good; and when it’s bad it’s awful. This cheap-looking ultra-raunchy alleged comedy about policemen leaves no stone unturned in its exploitation of vulgarity.

The story peg apparently is that, underneath the public image of callousness, which many urban police departments today exude, lies the real callousness – bigoted, sexist, unfeeling, alienated, etc.

The leading characters represent a formula cross section of people – old-style cop Charles Durning all the way down through minorities, troubled Vietnam veterans (again!), naive twerps, sexually kinky All-American Boy type, and a special mention of Tim McIntyre who is terrific in portrayal of a person audiences will come to hate.

The Choirboys

Production

Lorimar/Airone. Director Robert Aldrich; Producer Merv Adelson, Lee Rich; Screenplay Christopher Knopf; Camera Joseph Biroc; Editor Maury Winetrobe, William Martin, Irving Rosenblum; Music Frank DeVol;; Art Director Bill Kenney

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 119 MIN.

With

Charles Durning Louis Gossett Jr Perry King Clyde Kusatsu Stephen Macht Randy Quaid
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