Picks and Pans Review: Double Helix

updated 09/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/14/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

A&E (Mon., Sept. 14, 8 p.m. ET)

B+

Dramatic discoveries in science do not necessarily make for compelling drama on the screen. Double Helix, a BBC-A&E movie, follows scientists Francis Crick and Jim Watson as they win the race in the '50s to discover the structure of DNA, thereby earning themselves a Nobel Prize. Because the work is so complex, it's difficult for us laymen to share in the sense of eureka. But with their enthusiastic, high-wire performances as the two geniuses, Jeff (The Fly) Goldblum and Tim (The Jewel in the Crown) Pigott-Smith at least let us share in the excitement.

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