Picks and Pans Review: Tuesday, January 24
THE LOST HONOR OF KATHRYN BECK
CBS (9-11 p.m. ET)
This TV movie starring Marlo Thomas and Kris Kristofferson begins promisingly but quickly degenerates into an unconvincing portrait of a woman who is so driven by her emotions that she takes leave of her senses. Thomas plays a divorced Chicago caterer who meets sexy Ben Cole (Kristofferson) at a party and spends the night with him. It turns out that the mysterious Cole is suspected of being a bank robber and terrorist. He vanishes in the night. The police subsequently subject Beck to a nightmarish round of questions about her "morals" and news leaks about her personal life. Based on a novel by Heinrich Böll, this Americanized drama emphasizes that a person suspected of having information about defendants in a criminal case has few legal rights. Kristofferson is effective in a surprisingly small part. But this is Marlo's show. She has a few poignant scenes as a guiltless woman whose most intimate moments are "bugged." But she is not a strong enough actress to overcome the unconvincing script. When Kathryn takes violent action against a newspaper reporter who has smeared her reputation, Thomas needs more method to her madness. Lost Honor is a lost cause.
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