Picks and Pans Review: Miss Lonelyhearts

updated 01/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

PBS (consult local listings)

Nathanael West's dark, anguished 1933 novel about a young advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist emotionally caught up in the desperate pleas of his readers is brilliantly dramatized in this American Playhouse special. Shot in black and white to reflect the moody tone of the work, the film is further enhanced by excellent performances by Eric Roberts as the agonized writer and Arthur Hill as Shrike, the cynical, mocking editor who refuses to give him a transfer.

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