Picks and Pans Review: Redwood Curtain

UPDATED 04/24/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/24/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Sun., April 23, 9 p.m. ET)


In this adaptation of Lanford Wilson's drama, Lea (Miss Saigon) Salonga plays an adopted Amerasian teen, a celebrated piano prodigy who longs to find out about her birth parents, an American GI and a Vietnamese florist.

She becomes convinced that her father may be among a group of scraggly, emotionally disturbed vets living singly in the ancient redwood forests of Northern California. Conveniently, Salonga's aunt (Debra Monk) lives in a rustic town in the region. The young lady fixes on a misanthropic mumbler (Jeff Daniels) as her likely progenitor.

There's a laminated atmosphere to this Hallmark Hall of Fame production. Despite its immersion in big issues like identity and allegiance, the film remains artificial and unemotional.

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