Picks and Pans Review: Cries from the Heart

updated 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/17/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sun., Oct. 16, 9 p.m. ET)


A divorced mother (Melissa Gilbert) reluctantly agrees to place her autistic son in a specialized facility. There his therapist and teacher (Patty Duke) begins to make breakthroughs with the boy (Bradley Pierce) that result in a disturbing revelation and a controversial trial.

The spooky aspect of this mawkish, melodramatic, fact-based movie is watching Gilbert and Duke onscreen together. Their demonstrative acting technique is so similar, it's like seeing the same actress across a generation gap.

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