Picks and Pans Review: Waltz Across Texas

updated 07/18/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/18/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The heroine of this piece, Anne (Hero at Large) Archer, is attractive, feisty, intelligent and independent. The hero, Terry Jastrow (Archer's husband and an ex-producer-director for ABC Sports), is attractive, feisty, intelligent and independent. They start out with a lot of verbal sparring and a hate-hate relationship, then get involved romantically through their mutual interest in discovering oil and getting rich. The rest of the film is clichéd. There is even a last-minute gusher. The movie (whose title comes from an old Ernest Tubb song) was inspired—a little bit, anyway—by Jastrow's real-life father, who was a wildcatter in the same West Texas locale where the movie was shot. But in the hands of writer Bill (TV's Miles to Go Before I Sleep) Svanoe and director Ernest Day (the cinematographer on Sphinx and Revenge of the Pink Panther), this tale withers like a rose in the desert heat. Archer and Jastrow are engaging enough and Richard (Comes a Horseman) Farnsworth effectively plays a crusty rancher, but not all the most imaginative acting in the world could have brought very much life to this dry well. (PG)

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