The Glitter Dome

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The Glitter Dome
theatrical poster
Directed by Stuart Margolin
Produced by Frank Konigsberg
Written by Joseph Wambaugh
Screenplay by Stanley Kalis
Based on the novel by Joseph Wambaugh
Starring James Garner
Margot Kidder
John Lithgow
Music by Stuart Margolin
Cinematography Michael W. Watkins
Jon Kranhouse
Edited by M.S. Martin
HBO Pictures
Distributed by HBO Pictures
Thorn EMI
Release date(s)
  • October 11, 1984 (1984-10-11)
Running time 97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Glitter Dome is a 1984 made-for-HBO film starring James Garner, Margot Kidder and John Lithgow. The film, based on the 1981 Joseph Wambaugh Hollywood-set homicide novel, was directed by Stuart Margolin, who also scored the film and played a supporting part. The movie was filmed in Victoria, British Columbia and co-starred Colleen Dewhurst. It was subsequently released on video in 1985.[1] The film was also the last film for John Marley.


The world of the Hollywood detective division is exposed via The Glitter Dome (the bar they frequent and a slang reference to Hollywood, California). When the investigation of a high profile studio president is going nowhere, the case is handed over to two experienced detectives, Al Mackey and Marty Welborn, who have a reputation for being able to solve the toughest cases, through creative means. For this case, they need help. They get it from a pair of vice cops, called the Ferret and the Weasel, and a pair of street cops commonly referred to as the street monsters thanks to their fondness for violence.



When first telecast on November 11, 1984, The Glitter Dome was criticized for a brief bondage sequence involving Margot Kidder: in retrospect, however, "the scene serves to affirm the integrity and decency of the character played by James Garner".[2]


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