Picks and Pans Review: The Nightman

UPDATED 03/09/1992 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/09/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

NBC (Sun., Mar. 8, 9 P.M. ET)


In this overbaked melodrama, a doctor in Atlanta (Jenny Robertson) is convinced that her mother's murderer (Ted Marcoux), paroled after 19 years in prison, is shadowing her.

In the flashbacks that lead up to the murder at a Georgia resort hotel, Joanna (Growing Pains) Kerns is tough and sexy as Robertson's mom. The scenes in which mother and teenage daughter battle each other for the attentions of Marcoux's scarred, laconic Vietnam vet are terribly stagey and seem to have been ripped from a bad Tennessee Williams play.

The problem is that as we get to know the characters and what happens to them, the suspense of the contemporary scenes is completely undercut. It's only March, but I'm willing to bet that this movie has the most implausible climax you'll see all year.

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