Picks and Pans Review: Robin Cook's Virus

updated 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Mon., May 8, 9 p.m. ET)


A strain of the Ebola virus—highly contagious and incredibly lethal—is breaking out in cities from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. Not to worry: Nicollette Sheridan is on the case.

The actress—TV's answer to Julia Roberts—plays a low-level researcher at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. Thrust into the middle of the epidemic, she begins to suspect the infectious episodes may in fact be part of a nefarious plot by a cabal of powerful doctors who want to restore the good old days when a medical license meant a permit for printing money.

Ironically, this script is based on Cook's novel Outbreak, but that title was recently used by another film about a deadly viral eruption.

The suspense in this TV movie never really gets a grip, but at least this tepid thriller has a story, and it sticks to telling it. The film reunites Sheridan with her old Knots Landing partner William Devane. The romantic chemistry, in their few scenes together, is still heady. Dakin Matthews, William Atherton, Stephen Caffrey and Barn-Corbin costar.

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