Picks and Pans Review: Beyond Betrayal
updated 10/10/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/10/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
In a movie patterned on Julia Roberts's Sleeping with the Enemy, Susan Dey plays a fragile woman who has relocated to Seattle under an assumed identity to get away from her abusive husband (Richard Dean Anderson), a raging control-freak cop. Just as she's beginning to let a new man into her life—a sweet, doll-carving toymaker (Dennis Boutsikaris)—the hubby from hell tracks her down. Her instinct is to go on the lam again—and she would—except now Boutsikaris is being held for a murder Anderson committed. Dey must try to overcome her terror to save her gentle Geppetto.
Before it goes completely off the rails near the end, this is a strong lady-in-peril movie, well-acted by all involved, particularly Anderson. The former star of MacGyver, who is establishing a solid second career as a TV-movie villain, forges another scary monster here.