Picks and Pans Review: Held Hostage: the Sis and Jerry Levin Story
ABC (Sun., Jan. 13, 9 P.M. ET)
In a tedious real-life drama, Mario Thomas stars as Sis Levin, an Alabama woman who joined her TV correspondent husband (David Dukes) in Beirut six weeks before he was abducted and held by Muslim guerrillas in 1984. Preaching conciliation, she wages a tireless, vexing campaign here and abroad to affect his release.
Everyone in the cast, including William Schallert and our old friend G.W. Bailey, gives earnest, if decidedly transparent, performances. By network movie-of-the-week standards, the production, filmed in Israel and Los Angeles, is well executed. But however noble, Levin's costive crusade doesn't make for interesting TV.
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