Picks and Pans Review: Silent Witness: What a Child Saw

updated 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/18/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

USA (Thurs., July 14, 9 p.m. ET)


A simple street encounter turns deadly when a Korean shopkeeper and a pair of wedding guests are shot by a trio of black teens. That leads to a trial riddled with problems and rancor that are exacerbated by the assignment of a Korean-American prosecutor (Mia Korf) who is under undue pressure from her own community and from her superiors.

With the exception of the dependable Bill Nunn as a beleaguered single working father, the acting isn't very good. But the plot engines—the urban contagions of guns and ethnic divisions—are sturdy.

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