Picks and Pans Review: Father & Son: Dangerous Relations

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

originally published 04/19/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Mon., April 19, 9 p.m. ET)

B+

For the second time this season NBC presents an offbeat, original movie about a convict released under unusual parole conditions. The first time it was Powers Boothe in Marked for Murder. This time Louis Gossett Jr. and Blair Underwood play a father and son from Compton, Calif., who meet for the first time in decades inside the prison yard. They are released into each other's custody.

As roomies, they must thrash out the resentment Underwood feels toward Gossett for having left him long ago.

The film starts strong, then grows a little flabby. But it is well acted and, for a network film, atmospheric. Rae Dawn Chong, Tony Plana and Clarence Williams III costar.

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