Picks and Pans Review: Conspiracy of Silence

UPDATED 07/27/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/27/1992 at 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Sun., July 26, 9 P.M. ET)

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Too bad this Canadian miniseries is on now, when few people will see it. Conspiracy of Silence is far better than most stuff that appears during prime TV months. Playing like a grown-up version of the 1986 film River's Edge, the two-part program, which concludes Tuesday, tells the true story of the murder of a Native American woman by four teenagers. Though they boasted of the experience in their small Canadian town (The Pas, Man.), the residents covered up the crime, and it took 16 years for police to bring any of the killers to trial.

Conspiracy follows the investigation, but it also paints a convincing portrait of the racism that led to the crime. Thanks to a cast that seem more like real people than actors and a script that doesn't sentimentalize the events, Conspiracy of Silence is a true-crime miniseries that makes sense of a tragedy rather than simply exploiting it.

(David Hiltbrand is on vacation)

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