Picks and Pans Review: Child Bride of Short Creek

updated 12/07/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/07/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (9-11 p.m. ET)

"Inspired" by a 1953 government probe into a polygamous fundamentalist sect, this surprisingly bland TV movie stars reedy-voiced teen dream Christopher (Blue Lagoon) Atkins. A Korean War vet, he returns home to his 15-year-old sweetheart, Diane Lane, only to learn his father, Conrad Bain, wants her for his stable of wives.

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