Picks and Pans Review: Act of Love

updated 09/29/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

Ron Howard breaks out of Happy Days as a young man who kills a brother paralyzed in an auto accident. But what could have been riveting drama, based on a real 1973 mercy killing in New Jersey, becomes pretentious philosophizing.


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