Picks and Pans Review: You Can't Go Home Again

updated 04/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/30/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (9 p.m. ET)

The 1938 autobiographical novel by Tom Wolfe (the Elder) has been turned into a high-quality TV film by veteran director Ralph Nelson (Requiem for a Heavyweight and Charly). Chris Sarandon as the transplanted Southern writer is spectacular, and Lee Grant as the older married woman he loves is just splendid. (While an acting student in New York, Grant once met the woman on whom her character is based, set designer Aline Bernstein.) The production captures the rich complexity of Wolfe's language and the novel's setting. Even the smaller roles—including a marvelous cameo by Tammy Grimes—are admirably done.


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