Picks and Pans Review: A Family Divided

UPDATED 01/23/1995 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 01/23/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sun., Jan. 22, 9 p.m. ET)

B+

A college fraternity party gets way out of hand and a local high school girl dies in the course of a gang rape. One of the participants (Cameron Bancroft) has a father (Stephen Collins) who is a lawyer. While aghast at the situation, Collins is inclined to protect the boy. But his mother (Faye Dunaway), a sensitive and emotional woman, isn't willing to circle the wagons.

Though it loses its thread in the second hour, this film is a wrenching drama about remorse and responsibility. Better acted than written, the project effectively weaves in a subplot of Dunaway's volunteer work at a shelter for physically abused women.

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