Picks and Pans Review: Four Lives: a Portrait of Manic Depression

updated 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/30/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Tues., May 31, 10 p.m. ET)

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Forget those disease-of-the-week movies that try to inform but most times only exploit. This amazing documentary takes real people and shows us the truth about a disease. We meet four people who suffer mood swings. We witness the highs of their manic periods and the lows of their depression—and then we see normalcy return with treatment. Four Lives is not only a public service to the millions of manic-depressives in America—one of whom, actress Patty Duke, introduces the show. It is also a superb piece of candid, informative and dramatic filmmaking.

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