Picks and Pans Review: Ultimate Betrayal

updated 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., March 20, 9 p.m. ET)

B

Marlo Thomas and Mel Hams star in this true story as two sisters who bring suit against their father for the abuse he heaped upon them as children. Ironically, the offending parent had a distinguished career in law enforcement as a child-abuse expert.

The suit, which pits family members against one another, results in the father being tried in court in absentia. He refuses to attend, denying all allegations except that he was a strict disciplinarian. Meanwhile the flashbacks and memories rain down in ever more brutal detail.

As a movie, this is like one long, unremitting scream of anguish (a not-particularly-well-acted one at that). Taken as psychodrama, it's strong and disturbing. Kathryn Dowling and Ally Sheedy costar.

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