Picks and Pans Review: Decoration Day
NBC (Sun., Dec. 2, 9 P.M. ET)
A restive, rustic, retired judge and widower (James Garner) becomes reinvolved with a black boyhood companion (Bill Cobbs) who is intractably refusing to accept a long overdue Congressional Medal of Honor earned during World War II.
In most cases that description would suffice, but it doesn't do justice to this Hallmark Hall of Fame production, which is more complex, literate and subtle than your run-of-the-mill TV movie.
Garner delivers lines full of feisty, folksy wisdom. But I'd pay money just to watch thoughts and feelings play over that articulate face. He gets strong support from Dana Ivey, Ruby Dee and Cobbs. They generate a slow but extremely steady drama about memory, disappointment and the steep price of pride.
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