Picks and Pans Review: Lady Mobster

updated 10/17/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Sun., Oct. 16, 9 p.m. ET)

B

What a title: Lady Mobster. What casting: soap queen Susan Lucci playing a beautiful and smart mob heiress. What a concept: portraying organized crime as big business, with mob dons talking like MBAs about divestiture and market share. And what costume design: Lucci wearing black lingerie with a lovely leather shoulder holster. Okay, so the plot doesn't hold together any better than a cheap used car: Lucci's parents are killed, and she is raised by Joseph Wiseman as a mobster who wants to go legit. She becomes a lawyer, helps in the family businesses, falls into bed with a couple of men—does it really matter who?—and watches loved ones get gunned down (each death is an acting opportunity for Lucci). At the end, she turns into a distaff Dirty Harry who gets to deliver tough lines like "God forgives. I can't." This isn't a TV movie. This is a Susan Lucci movie—the ideal Susan Lucci movie.

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