Picks and Pans Review: Goldengirl

updated 07/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/23/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

For blond bombshell Susan Anton, TV's much-exposed miniseries-and-Muriel-cigar girl, this could have been her Big Break in feature films. It's not, though she may be the least to blame. Anton plays a runner trying for an impossible three gold medals at the 1980 Olympics. But as she demolishes one foe after another at the trials, she discovers an awful fact: She's been biologically engineered by her mad-scientist father (Curt Jurgens). How she reacts is supposed to be the core of the movie, although any drama is lost in the poor plotting and astonishingly sloppy editing. There's also some lame-to-competent acting by James Coburn, a slick agent who sees commercial possibilities in Anton; Leslie Caron, frail but beautiful as a psychiatrist, and Robert Culp, in a nasty performance as a Cosell-like TV reporter. The real problem, though, is director Joseph (MacArthur) Sargent; he can't make up his mind whether he's making The Bionic Woman II or Gidget Goes to Moscow. (PG)

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