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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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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 »
Sgt. Aloysius Mackey:
While we were hobnobbing with the Hollywood hacks - the two undercover clowns, Ferret and Weasel, were collecting the first real, hard clues in the Sinclair case - only they didn't know it. They were staking out an ex-con named Bozeman and his Asian pal - who were selling kiddie porn to two old farts and a menopause maiden down at the harbor. The deal went sour.
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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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