Picks and Pans Review: Flesh and Blood

updated 10/15/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)

Tom Berenger is a brawler-turned-boxer in an outstanding TV movie based on Pete Hamill's incest-tinged novel. Berenger, the murderous pickup in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, portrays the fighter with a subtle mixture of brutality and vulnerability. Suzanne Pleshette, a two-time Emmy nominee, goes for three as Tom's mother, deserted by her husband years before. (The unnerving scene in which she seduces her son has been minimized by NBC censors.) John Cassavetes, as Berenger's manager, seems at home in gritty gyms, and newcomer Denzel Washington lends a streetwise realism as one of Tom's friends. The four hours conclude Tuesday, Oct. 16.


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