Picks and Pans Review: The Wrong Man

updated 09/06/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/06/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Sun., Sept. 5, 9 p.m. ET)

C-

In this saucy but rancid thriller, Kevin Anderson plays a merchant sailor who gels stranded in a sleazy Mexican port town without any money. That wouldn't be so bad except the hazy events of the prior evening have left Anderson the prime suspect in the murder of a Yanqui smuggler (Robert Harper). The fugitive falls in with a strange, squabbling expatriate couple (John Lithgow and Rosanna Arquette) who are tooling around Tampico in a convertible.

The story comes together eventually, but far too late in the game. The script strives to achieve a Tennessee Williams-like mood of dissipation, fatalism and sexual tension but fails resoundingly. Then, too, the performances are widely off the mark.

About the best thing this film—which contains abundant, gratuitous nudity—has going for it is its south-of-the-border flavor, enhanced by a soundtrack from Los Lobos.

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