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The Choirboys

To my mind, this is one of Robert Aldrich's worst films, but clearly not everyone agrees. Dave Kehr has described it as “an accomplished black comedy,” albeit “a little rough around the edges,” whose “many moments of virtuoso filmmaking . . . very nearly make up for its faults.” I see this raunchy 1977 adaptation of a Joseph Wambaugh novel about police shenanigans as homophobic, heavy-handed, and glib, a sort of Animal House celebrating police corruption—but maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention to the editing and camera movements. The lead actors include Charles Durning, Louis Gossett Jr., Randy Quaid, Burt Young, and James Woods.

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