Picks and Pans Review: Death in Small Doses

updated 01/16/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/16/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Mon., Jan. 16, 9 p.m. ET)

B

Next month, Richard Thomas returns to Walton Mountain in the TV reunion movie John-Boy's Wedding. Praise the Lord and pass the okra. For now, Thomas stars in this true crime drama as Richard Lyon, the Dallas man who was the prime suspect when his wife, Nancy, died in 1991 of arsenic poisoning. His most vehement accuser is Nancy's brother (Gary Frank, in a resonantly villainous performance). During the subsequent trial, a rat's nest of family conflicts and motives is revealed. Tess Harper, Glynnis O'Connor, CK Bibby and Andrea Powell costar.

Though the suspense never gets out of second gear, the film, which has been sitting in the ABC vaults for more than a year, is involving, due in large part to Sondra Locke's visually assured direction.

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