Picks and Pans Review: The Scarlet Letter

updated 04/02/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/02/1979 AT 01:00 AM EST

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If the letter were a grade, it would be an "F" (or zzzzzzz) since this plodding four-part adaptation of the Nathaniel Hawthorne classic inspires sleep. Meg Foster makes a beautiful Hester Prynne, the 17th-century Boston adulteress; John (On The Yard) Heard is suitably guilt-struck as her lover, and Kevin (Paradise Alley) Conway is fine as her revenge-obsessed husband. But their talents are bogged down. Boston's WGBH wanted this to rival those classy BBC imports; the Mother Country remains safe as yet from any Colonial usurpation.

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