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Picks and Pans Review: Seduced by Madness: the Diane Borchardt Story

updated 02/19/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/19/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sun., Feb. 25, 9 p.m. ET)

B+

A sicko-vicious teacher's aide who looks great in knit pullovers—it's Ann-Margret starring, after all—bullies, cajoles and (as the title indicates) seduces a student (Christian Campbell) into bumping off her adulterous husband (Peter Coyote). To Die For told a similar tale, but satirically. At four hours over two nights, this fact-based version of a 1995 case tends to be ponderous. The murder is done with fancy cross-cutting to a solemn sunrise Easter service, like one of Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather climaxes. But Ann-Margret, her pretty pink mouth twitching with anger, makes a dynamic villainess. If she ever formed an alliance with Heather Locklear, they could steer the world like a golf cart.

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