Picks and Pans Review: Robin Cook's 'mortal Fear'

updated 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sun., Nov. 20, 9 p.m. ET)


At a Boston hospital one doctor (Joanna Kerns) comes to suspect a nefarious conspiracy is afoot as otherwise healthy people begin to drop like flies. As soon as characters develop that telltale cough, you know they're not long for this film. Kerns's only confidante is a jut-jawed hospital administrator (Gregory Harrison).

Director Larry Shaw attempts to evoke a Hitchcockian air, but the film, which costars Tobin Bell, Max Gail and Rebecca Schull (Wings), is too bizarre and disjointed to sustain a mood. Despite it all, the plot, from a typically paranoia-filled novel by M.D.-author Cook, is oddly gripping.

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