Picks and Pans Review: Calamity Jane
updated 02/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST
In just two hours Jane Alexander says more about feminism than Phil Donahue could extract from his guests in two years. She is not afraid to look gruff and grubby as she portrays a pioneering woman torn between toughness and tenderness ("I'm a woman, Bill Hickok—don't you think different!"). She falls in love with Hickok (Frederic Forrest), has his child, gives it up to a more suitable father (David Hemmings) and jerks lots of tears in reunions with the kid. Here is family entertainment with more depth than the usual fare.