Picks and Pans Review: Due South
updated 04/25/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 04/25/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
A Mountie (Paul Gross) from northernmost Canada, a straight-arrow who makes Dudley Do-Right look dissipated, hunts for his father's killer, a search that takes him to the urban wilderness of Chicago. There he's teamed with a gritty cop (David Marciano of Civil Wars). Gross, who resembles a young Larry Hagman, may be out of his element. But beneath his humorless, robotic manner, he's a sharp observer and deducer.
Yes it's an old formula, sort of a cross between McCloud and the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Red Heal. But writer-producer Paul Haggis breathes fresh life and intelligence into the hoary schematic of mismatched buddies. He also finds roles for Kaye Ballard (anyone remember The Mothers-in-Law?) and Ken Pogue.