Picks and Pans Review: With Hostile Intent
updated 05/10/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 05/10/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT
In this fact-based film, Mel Harris and Melissa Gilbert play dedicated cops in Long Beach, Calif., who are subjected to rampant sexual harassment within the department.
Harris, on the K-9 squad, is married to another cop (Cotter Smith, her real-life husband). Gilbert, a patrol officer with many commendations, has an affair with a lecherous married sergeant (Peter Onorati) that ends messily. On the job, they're both subjected to insults, crude behavior, intimidation and comments straight out of Andrew Dice Clay's act. "You on the rag again?" says one fellow officer. "You got short cycles."
The movie, whose executive producer is Andrew Lack (recently appointed president of NBC News), makes its point amply in the first half hour, then keeps piling on the abuse. Compared to these ladies, Job had a day at the beach. The best drama is in the culminating courtroom scenes with Holland Taylor playing the women's lawyer. But that comes too late in the game.