Picks and Pans Review: Triplecross

updated 05/29/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/29/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Sun., May 28, 8 p.m. ET)


Billy Dee Williams and Michael Paré team up in a 48 HRS retread. Williams plays an FBI agent who paroles Paré out of prison to help bring down a psychopathic criminal mastermind (Patrick Bergin). Just like Nick Nolte, Billy Dee drives around in an old gas-guzzling convertible. And (big surprise here) the movie's action climax takes place in Chinatown.

As Paré sets about entrapping Bergin in a diamond heist, he finds himself falling for Bergin's girlfriend (Ashley Laurence). How can he resist? Before meeting Bergin, she once pranced through a ZZ Top video, placing her in the pop Valhalla of female beauty.

True to the arithmetic of the title, the plot takes some strange twists as it drifts to a close. This is precisely the type of gamey back-alley thriller Michael Ironside starred in for years on Showtime before he went legit on ER this season.

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