The Choirboys / Hennessy / Amphibian Man

Episode 017


Quentin and Roger take a trip with the LAPD as the boys in blue blow off steam in The Choirboys, directed by Robert Aldrich and based on the outrageous best-selling novel. The Video Archives crew take a second look at the film, discussing Aldrich and his Associates, the big ensemble cast, and the scenes that work.

Next up: the most intensive manhunt ever mounted. Hennessy is a gentle, peaceful man who’s been pushed too far, and carries in his right vest pocket the power to destroy a nation. Roger & Quentin sit on the edge of their seats as they cheer for Rod Steiger’s performance, the seamless documentary footage, and a surprising cameo. Finally, we travel to the sea for the beloved Russian fantasy film Amphibian Man. In this sci-fi fable, a pearl diver discovers the secret of Amphibian Man and desires to exploit it, not realizing that Amphibian Man has fallen in love with the pearl diver’s fiancée. A poignant story of love and loss, Quentin and Roger discuss the history of this popular movie and Soviet genre filmmaking.

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