Picks and Pans Review: Heartbeat

updated 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

HBO (Sun., Jan. 25, 10 p.m. ET)


The full title is actually Don Johnson's Music Video Feature Heartbeat. But Don Johnson and music videos have had way too much publicity, so I'll call this hour-long accompaniment to the heartthrob's new album simply Heartbeat. It's the latest thing in video, folks, with even more blood and less of a story than Miami Vice and even more sex than MTV. The heartthrob plays a battlefront cameraman in Latin America who, when injured, sees his life flash before our eyes. We see bad men, big guns and beautiful women (Lori Singer and Sandahl Bergman). The heartthrob can sing pretty well (except when he screams), and though his video is too long and tedious in stretches, it still has provocative scenes. But the hour is so angst-ridden that it's clear the time has come for Don to quit Wee and make a sitcom. Lighten up, heartthrob.

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