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Al Mackey and Marty are homicide cops in Hollywood and hot on the trail of the murderer of a movie mogul that was moonlighting by making child porno pictures. Willie is one of several suspects with motive, opportunity and the evil means to carry out this act. A medal should be in order instead of being arrested. Written by
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"The Glitter Dome" of the film and source novel's title refers to a glamorous Hollywood bar where the story's Hollywood cops, who work at the Hollywood Police Division, hang-out. "The Glitter Dome" also functions as a slang reference to and metaphor for Hollywood. In the movie, "The Glitter Dome" is also slangly dubbed a "pig pen", 'pig' being a slang word for a 'cop' and 'pen' literally meaning an enclosure for muddy pigs (as with the literal meaning of a pigpen); alas "pig-pen" is a dirty place for off-duty policemen. See more »
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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