Picks and Pans Review: Hostages
HBO (Sat., Feb. 20, 8 p.m. ET)
This docudrama depicts the ordeal of six Western hostages—Brian Keenan, John McCarthy, Terry Anderson, Tom Sutherland, Frank Reed and Terry Waite—held in Lebanon during the '80s by Hezbollah terrorists. They are played by, respectively, Ciaran Hinds, Colin Firth, Jay O. Sanders, Josef Sommer, Harry Dean Stanton and Conrad Asquith.
This British-American production intercuts new-footage with a disturbingly grim (and thankfully compressed) re-creation of men trying to maintain their humanity in the most brutal and debasing of circumstances.
Natasha Richardson, Kathy Bates, Ruth McCabe and Rosaleen Linehan play the relatives and lovers back home tirelessly campaigning for the captives' release.
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