Picks and Pans Review: Sheena

updated 08/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A jiggly jungle epic, this film offers an excess of star Tanya (Charlie's Angels) Roberts' bare flesh—more than usually permitted in a PG flick. The rest is woeful acting, wobbly direction and a series of one-line hooters. At least the animals seem authentic (except for Sheena's steed, a horse painted like a zebra since real zebras are too difficult to ride). The spectacular Kenya scenery helps compensate, but director John (The Towering Inferno) Guillermin and screenwriters David (Superman) Newman and Lorenzo (King Kong) Semple Jr. have been at this kind of thing too long. Their plot gimmick has Sheena trying to save her tribe's land from a greedy prince. The film plods after 30 minutes, the just-right length of the 1955 TV series that had all the tacky verve this 117-minute feature lacks. Irish McCalla, the original TV Sheena, became a successful painter after the show was canceled. Tanya's friends are advised to send brushes at once. (PG)

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