Picks and Pans Review: A Hobo's Christmas

updated 12/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/07/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Dec. 6, 9 p.m. ET)

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Uh-oh. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, with TV movies as sweet as fudge and as warm and furry as a feverish puppy. Here's the first of the season. Barnard (The Cavanaughs) Hughes plays a hobo—these days we call them the homeless—who drops in on his son, Gerald (Simon & Simon) McRaney, before Christmas. Hughes begs forgiveness for leaving—these days we call it deserting—his family 25 years before. Then the old guy falls in love with his grandkids and can't decide whether to stay home with them or get back on the road with his buddy William Hickey (who, as usual, plays an overdone parody of himself in Prizzi's Honor). Just one asset keeps this seasonal sobber from becoming a leading cause of tooth rot: the unfailing charm of dear Barnard Hughes.

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