Picks and Pans Review: Shootdown

updated 11/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Mon., Nov. 28, 9 P.M. ET)


So far this week, we've seen lots of so-called reality-based TV on the Philippine revolution, FBI shoot-outs and exploding nuclear missiles. Here's more: a movie about the Soviet Union's downing of Korean Air Lines flight 007 five years ago. Angela Lansbury plays a loving mother who loses a son on that flight. At first she believes that our government will bring the Soviets to justice. Then she comes to ask questions about the crash and whether our government may have sent that jet over Soviet airspace. In her big scene, she vows, "I want to know the truth!" But truth is not well served by such shallow, overacted, overwrought exploitation as this. No, some reality still belongs in the hands of reporters before it ends up in the hands of showmen.

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