Picks and Pans Review: Circle of Violence

updated 10/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/13/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sun., Oct. 12, 9 p.m. ET)

Here's a sick movie about sick people: Tuesday Weld beating up her elderly mother, Geraldine Fitzgerald. Circle of Violence tries to be another issue movie, one that defends old people against violence. Instead, it exploits the issue and its victims. And it insults the rest of us with simplistic, melodramatic excuses for dangerous behavior—like Weld telling a shrink that she was so poor.... How poor was she?...She was so poor as a kid that Mom fed her boiling water with salt and pepper and called it dinner. Oh, come on. The always classy Fitzgerald is the only plus in this sickcom, and that's why it gets an F +

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