Picks and Pans Review: False Arrest

updated 11/04/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/04/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Sun., Nov. 3, 9 P.M. ET)


In this seamy, fact-based film, Donna Mills plays a Phoenix businesswoman and mother who, primarily on the testimony of a couple of lowlifes, is convicted of arranging the brutal murder of her husband's business partner for financial gain. The case is intriguing, though initially hard to follow. Just as the confusion ebbs, so does the pace. Mills's efforts to prove her innocence drag on forever. (The conclusion doesn't air until Wednesday, what they call in bowling a bad split.)

This is not a movie for the sensitive. The criminal acts, including a jail-house lesbian rape, are horrifying. The worst problem, though, is that Mills and director William Norton Jr. never manage to focus one's sympathies. Still, Robert (Hart to Hart) Wagner is interesting in a dark role as Mills's scheming hubbie.

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