Picks and Pans Review: Bonds of Love

updated 01/25/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/25/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Jan. 24, 9 p.m. ET)


Of the now ubiquitous fact-based TV movie, there are three varieties: the shocking, the inspirational and the weepy. This one qualifies for the final category. Treat Williams plays a man with mental retardation in a farming community who falls for a woman (Kelly McGillis) who has been twice divorced and had her children taken away by authorities for negligence. She finds herself returning the affection of this sweet, simple soul. But Williams's overprotective family is bound and determined to keep the couple apart. Williams gives a game but not terribly convincing portrait of a man with a mild mental handicap. McGillis, on the other hand, is very strong, giving her best performance in some years as a woman who has ridden a hard road but still responds to tenderness. Unfortunately, when it comes to attempted rending of the heart, this movie is flagrantly guilty of piling it on. Grace Zabriskie, Steve Railsback and Hal Holbrook costar.

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