Picks and Pans Review: Against Their Will: Women in Prison

updated 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sun., Oct. 30, 9 p.m. ET)


Where are Linda Blair and Mamie Van Doren when you need them? This babes-behind-bars flick has all the bad acting and obvious plotting of the turkeys those actresses were in, without the camp value. Judith Light stars as an ex-convict who was incarcerated in a prison where her fellow inmates got abused mentally and sexually by the prison staff. When she's paroled, Light launches a reform movement with the help of her attorney (Stacy Keach).

Casting Light as a hardened criminal (she's in jail for a parole violation crime) is like picking Oliver North as the lead in The Axl Rose Story. You don't believe her for a second, which means you don't believe the story for a second. This movie may be loosely based on events ripped from today's headlines, but the simplistic, laughable way it treats life behind bars makes Against Their Will seem more like it had been ripped from the comics.

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