Picks and Pans Review: Outrage
CBS (Sun., Mar. 2, 9 p.m. ET)
And they wonder why people accuse TV of being idiotic. It's because of movies like this Irwin Allen disaster about the American system of injustice. Robert Preston's daughter is raped and murdered, but her killer escapes trial on technicalities. So Preston shoots the man and confesses. Then Burgess Meredith as a doddering (as always) judge assigns Beau Bridges, an uncorrupted lawyer, to Preston's defense. Bridges can't find a way to keep this avuncular vigilante out of jail. But then a light goes on in his head. A mere 10 watts' worth. Bridges decides to "put the system of justice on trial." He goes to court to insult the courts. Ranting about the girl's freed murderer, he cries, "No longer do our judges ask us, 'Is a man guilty?' " "Now they ask us, 'Can you prove he's guilty?'" Right, Beau. Have you heard the phrase "innocent until proven guilty?" It's only the cornerstone of American justice and freedom. But Outrage calls that tenet a technicality and tries to throw it away as easily as the show dismisses every standard for quality, realism and social responsibility in moviemaking. Outrage is precisely what the name says.
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