Picks and Pans Review: Hostages

updated 02/22/1993 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/22/1993 01:00AM

HBO (Sat., Feb. 20, 8 p.m. ET)

B+

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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