Picks and Pans Review: New on Video

updated 12/17/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/17/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

>VCR-STOPPERS NOTEBOOK: DICK TRACY

The most memorable image that remains from this movie is not that of Madonna's musical numbers (which might easily have stopped the show if director Warren Beatty hadn't been so insistent on stopping them first) or the eccentric villains played by Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman or, certainly, the dullsville plot about the mysterious Blank. No, what really comes to mind when you think about this film is the yellow raincoat Beatty wore constantly in his wussy incarnation of Tracy. The attempt to transpose the comic strip detective to film was too much facade, too little flash. Next time we call for Mary Worth. (Touchstone)

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