Picks and Pans Review: Samaritan

updated 05/19/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/19/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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The cause is good, Lord knows: finding shelter for the homeless. And the man who inspired the movie, Mitch Snyder, is worthy of attention. He left his Madison Avenue job to feed and house people without homes in Washington, DC, spending cold nights with bag ladies and suffering a 51-day fast to get help for them. It's hard to knock such virtue. But virtuousness is the problem with Samaritan. It's worthy but preachy, sincere but sappy. Martin Sheen, appearing in yet another TV movie, plays Snyder with respect and energy. Cicely Tyson gives her all, which is a bit too much, as a bag lady. At least they do show you a terrible problem in this country today and give you solutions.

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