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The Glitter Dome (1984)

In this seedy neo-noire tale, two Hollywood homicide cops investigating a movie mogul's murder stumble upon a child-pornography ring.

Director:

Stuart Margolin

Writers:

Stanley Kallis, Joseph Wambaugh (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Sgt. Aloysius 'Al' Mackey
Margot Kidder ... Willie
John Lithgow ... Sgt. Martin 'Marty' Wellborn
John Marley ... Capt. Woofer
Stuart Margolin ... Herman Sinclair
Paul Koslo ... Griswold Veals
Colleen Dewhurst ... Lorna Dillman
Alex Diakun ... Weasel
Billy Kerr Billy Kerr ... Ferret
William S. Taylor ... Hand
Dusty Morean Dusty Morean ... Phipps
Christianne Hirt ... Jill
Tom McBeath ... Farrell
Dixie Seatle Dixie Seatle ... Amazing Grace
Dale Wilson ... Lloyd / Bozeman
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Storyline

Disillusioned quippy alcoholic, Al Mackey, and emotionally distraught family man, Marty Wellborn, are homicide cops in Hollywood hot on the trail of the murderer of a movie mogul who was moonlighting by making child porno pictures. While Marty deals with his failed marriage and a snitch turned surrogate son he's put in danger, Mackey focuses on the case and his main woman of interest, in more ways than one, becomes a feisty actress called Willie, one of several suspects with motive, opportunity and the evil means to carry out this act. The investigation takes the police duo straight into the viper's pit that is the city's seedy underbelly, and the real question quickly becomes would a medal be in order for the killer instead of being arrested. The movie's title refers to the name of the bar where Mackey spends his evenings. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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HOLLYWOOD. Where little children are dying . . . to be stars. And the cops drink at... The Glitter Dome. See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cidade do Crime See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Joseph Wambaugh was a California policeman for fourteen years. At the age of 30 he began to write novels about the police force. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Marty Wellborn: Am I a man dreaming I'm a butterfly - or a butterfly dreaming I'm a man?
Sgt. Aloysius Mackey: You're a freaking idiot! That's what cha are.
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Special thanks to Suzy Cream Cheese See more »

Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 10 seconds for an "18" rating. See more »

Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Depravity for sale
8 June 2004 | by LilPeckSee all my reviews

John Lithgow's character, a man who was unable to push away the atrocities he had seen in his work as a cop, was heart-rending tragic. (The scene of an abused little boy whom he had rescued is haunting.) Colleen Dewhurst's character was an odd mix of crustiness, worldliness and a little bit of Mother Teresa, with regard to how she took a runaway teen/porn actress under her wing. Although the movie doesn't address it outright, we suspect that Dewhurst's character was a lesbian. It was interesting to see Willie (played by Margot Kidder), react to being treated like a lady by Garner, after having coming on to him in the S&M manner that she was accustomed to.

No, this movie isn't a great, timeless classic. But I found myself intrigued by the characters and the story. Stuart Margolin directed the movie, acted in it, and also composed music for it. It is interesting to see this versatility from a gentleman who has made a career of playing sleazy slimeballs.


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