Picks and Pans Review: Murder: by Reason of Insanity

updated 09/30/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/30/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Tues., Oct. 1, 9 p.m. ET)


It's a sad commentary on TV—thus the country—when you have to say that shows about psychotic killers are so commonplace and overdone that they've become a cliché. But that's just the problem with this movie. After last season's Fatal Vision and The Burning Bed, this psychodrama pales. Jürgen (Das Boot) Prochnow is the deranged Dad who loses his business and then goes nuts, screaming at his wife, Candice Bergen, because she's going back to work as an engineer. They get divorced; Jürgen vows in front of a judge to kill Candi; he's sent to the cracker barrel; he escapes. Guess what? The story is true and that makes it frightening—but it is told here with awkward predictability.

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