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The Choirboys

The Choirboys

The Choirboys

1977 / 119min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: ROBERT ALDRICH

CAST: CHARLES DURNING, LOUIS GOSSETT JR., PERRY KING

Based on a novel by Joseph Wambaugh, LAPD veteran and the poet laureate of the boys in blue, Aldrich’s unruly, gregarious, unbuckled film puts you front and center on the off-duty antics of officers during their “choir practice” meetings in MacArthur Park. Charles Durning and Louis Gossett, Jr. lead an ensemble cast in a headlong plunge into toxic masculine ritual marked by flagrant misogyny and homophobia. You may never encounter a film less concerned with ‘likability.’ “One of the most repellent films ever produced by a major studio…also a work of awe-inspiring commitment, its cockeyed view of a mini-universe stripped of a moral compass.” - Harvard Film Archives