Picks and Pans Review: A Streetcar Named Desire

updated 02/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sunday, March 4, 9 p.m. ET)

It's true. Ann-Margret can act. And she chooses to prove it in one of the American theater's finest plays. As the sexual time bomb Blanche DuBois, she delivers no end of Tennessee Williams' wonderful lines: "Compared to death, funerals are pretty." And, to a too-young boy, "I gotta be good and keep my hands off children." And, describing her sister's apartment, "Only Mr. Edgar Allan Poe could do justice to it." And, of course, "I have always counted on the kindness of strangers." Treat Williams as Stanley Kowalski suffers in comparison with Marlon Brando's performance in the film. But Ann-Margret, Beverly (Coal Miner's Daughter) D'Angelo as sister Stella and Randy (True West) Quaid as Blanche's gentleman friend are delightfully camp. One of the best shows of the year.

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