Picks and Pans Review: Laguna Heat

updated 11/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/16/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

HBO (Sun., Nov. 15, 9 p.m. ET)

B

Harry (L.A. Law) Hamlin plays the poor man's Don Johnson—he has the stubble and gets to brood, but his car and clothes are cheap—in this cops 'n' killers film noir based on a 1986 novel by T. Jefferson Parker. We walk into the middle of a tangled story: Harry's a cop who lives in disgrace after he sees his partner stabbed. He comes home to Laguna Beach and to his dad, Jason Robards, a former cop who now runs a mission. Then he gets a murder case that's all murky and muddy with the town's old rivalries and secrets. And he falls in lust with the victim's daughter, Catherine (Star Trek IV) Hicks. There's plenty of plot, sometimes a slightly confusing excess. But given the choice this Sunday among CBS' Sydney, NBC's Perry and ABC's Dolly, I'll take HBO's Harry.

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