Picks and Pans Review: Deadly Matrimony

updated 11/23/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/23/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST

NBC (San., Nor. 22, 9 P.M. ET)

C-

The body of the wife of a corrupt, well-connected Chicago lawyer (Treat Williams) is found in a ear submerged in a canal. One stubborn cop (Brian Dennehy) is determined to link Williams to the murder.

This two-parter, based on actual events, commits the cardinal sin for a TV movie: It doesn't lure its audience right away. It then compounds that problem by jumping into an extended flashback before rooting viewers in the present story. (The conclusion airs on Monday night.) If ever a tale didn't warrant a four-hour treatment, this singularly uninvolving project is it.

Williams is convincing as a smooth sociopath, his hooded eyes glacial, his sudden mood swings terribly volatile. But Dennehy, who looks bored throughout, is wasted in a dull franks-and-beans role.

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