Picks and Pans Review: Vanishing Act

updated 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/05/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sun., May 4, 9 p.m. ET)


Don't be duped by the hype and sheer volume of video surrounding Sunday's many minis. Vanishing Act is the show to watch this night. Here, in two hours, you'll get more suspense, surprise and entertainment than those miniseries can deliver in 20 hours. Vanishing is a twisted mystery, like Death Trap, so the plot defies condensation. But here's the gist: Mike Farrell loses his bride just as they begin a skiing honeymoon in a mountain resort. So he goes to the cops, namely to Elliott Gould as a homesick New Yorker who fixes tickets in exchange for real corned beef and pickles. Then Fred Gwynne, as the town priest, appears with the missing woman: Margot Kidder. Only problem is, Farrell insists that she's not his wife. And the puzzles begin. So do the yucks, especially when Graham Jarvis appears as a holistic shrink for pets. The script is as clever as Rubik's Cube. The cast is great. Even the scenery is beautiful. So be the first on your block to shout that you're tired of wasting weeks on miniseries. Watch this good one-night TV movie instead.

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