Picks and Pans Review: Cries Unheard: the Donna Yaklich Story

updated 01/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Tues., Feb. 1, 9 p.m. ET)


Another night, another channel, another movie about a woman who gets someone to murder her husband. Is this a great country or what? Jaclyn Smith plays Yaklich, who marries a cop and bodybuilder (Brad Johnson) in her hometown of Pueblo, Colo. The bloom is soon off the rose.

"I don't understand how he could be so violent all of a sudden," ponders Smith. Gee, a weight lifter, mood swings, liver problems...hmmm, tins is a puzzle. Smith's stepdaughter tells her that those pills Johnson has been throwing back like Pez are steroids.

When Johnson is shot, his wife is fingered as the crime's instigator and receives 40 years for conspiracy.

The Donna Yaklich Story is only just better than Lies of the Heart.

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