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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 of the same title. 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.

The Choirboys
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Directed by Robert Aldrich
Produced by Merv Adelson
Lee Rich
Written by Jennifer Miller
Music by Frank De Vol
Cinematography Joseph Biroc
Edited by William Martin
Irving Rosenblum
Maury Winetrobe
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • December 23, 1977 (1977-12-23)
Running time
119 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6,500,000[1]
Box office ITL 126,400,000 (Italy) (1980)
292,099 admissions (France)[2]



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 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.


  1. ^ Alain Silver and James Ursini, Whatever Happened to Robert Aldrich?, Limelight, 1995 p 303
  2. ^ French box office results for Robert Aldrich films at Box Office Story

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