Picks and Pans Review: Band of the Hand

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

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

Produced by Michael Mann, the guiding force behind Miami Vice, this film is like a bad episode of Vice minus Don Johnson. Paul Michael (Starsky and Hutch) Glaser directs his first movie as if much of it were a series of music videos, blending disconnected scenes with Bob Dylan's music long before he allows the plot to surface. When it does, the audience is too numb to care. Playing a Vietnam vet turned social worker, Stephen (Twice in a Lifetime) Lang gives the only convincing performance. He gets five Miami misfits from a juvenile detention center and teaches them how to survive as a team in the Everglades, then leads them back to Miami to combat drug gangs. But Daniele Quinn (Anthony's son, in his first role) is the only one who realistically wants out. "I've got another war to fight," he says, referring to his former drug boss, James (The Cotton Club) Remar, who's stolen his girlfriend. Lang tells him it's the "same war; you're just changing sides." Remar isn't altogether pleased with this Dirty (half) Dozen and orders them killed. When the Band seeks revenge on Remar by blowing up his cocaine processing plant, things heat up. But that comes much too late. One-hour TV shows should not masquerade as feature films. (R)

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