Picks and Pans Review: The Fire Next Time

updated 04/19/1993 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/19/1993 01:00AM

CBS (Sun., April 18, 9 p.m. ET)

B-

This two-part drama depicts the potentially devastating impact of unchecked global warming by the year 2017. The film does a credible and subtle job of establishing its theory-based premise: an ecodisaster of droughts, crop failures and epidemics of malaria, typhoid and cholera. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a very good story to go with that dire scenario.

Coach's Craig T. Nelson plays a Louisiana shrimper. After a hurricane flattens the Gulf Coast, Nelson gathers his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and three children and takes them north to the still relatively livable land of Canada. The film, which concludes Tuesday, turns into an extended Raisins of Wrath as the family, along with thousands of other displaced refugees, picks its way through America's parched land. Richard Farnsworth, Charles Haid, Justin Whalin, Jurgen Prochnow, Louise Fletcher and Leland Crooke costar.

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