Picks and Pans Review: Serving in Silence: the Margaret Cammermeyer Story

updated 02/06/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/06/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Mon., Feb. 6, 9 p.m. ET)

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Here's the first of the month's big-ticket sweeps events: a biopic starring Glenn Close and produced by Close and Barbra Streisand.

The Norwegian-born Cammermeyer is a divorced mother of four boys, a highly decorated nurse, an Army colonel who unexpectedly in her mid-40s finds herself strongly attracted to another woman (Judy Davis of A Passage to India). During a security clearance interview, Cammermeyer admits to breaking this military taboo and becomes in 1992 the highest ranking officer ever discharged for homosexuality. (Last year she was reinstated, a ruling now under appeal by the Justice Department.)

Close delivers a fascinating performance, delicately shading the woman's martial bearing and Nordic stoicism with tender qualities. She establishes a lack of self-pity that makes her character's ordeal all the more wrenching. Her relationship with Davis is the most subtle, satisfying same-sex liaison yet presented on television.

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