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
Distributed by HBO Pictures
Thorn EMI
Release date
  • 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 Glitter Dome is a bar frequented by the Hollywood police detective division (the name is a slang reference to Hollywood). When the investigation of a high-profile studio president is going nowhere, the case is handed over to two experienced detectives, Al Mackey (Garner) and Marty Welborn (Lithgow). For this case, however, they need help, which they receive 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, due 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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