Picks and Pans Review: Danielle Steel's Fine Things

updated 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Tues., Oct. 16, 8 P.M.ET)


Another muffled tub-thumper from Steel, this one stars D.W. Moffett as a department store exec who marries a teacher (Tracy Pollan) with a child (Noley Thornton). When Pollan dies of cancer, Moffett must battle the evil natural father (Darrell Larson) for his beloved stepdaughter.

This film follows the same trajectory as Kaleidoscope: After a brisk setup, the shaggy dog of a plot (bad things happen to good people) gets taken for a long, long walk. Although this one is blessedly prosaic by Steelian standards, its unwarranted additional length (three hours) makes it average out the same in tedium level.

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