Picks and Pans Review: Rock Hudson

updated 01/08/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/08/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

ABC (Mon., Jan. 8, 9 P.M. ET)


As a studly leading man and a closet homosexual, Rock Hudson led a double life. This stilted docudrama doesn't present either one of them with any skill. Other than a startlingly heightened presentation of homosexual seduction, the movie is a fizzle.

Thomas Ian Griffith (The Karate Kid, Part III) brings an endearing vulnerability to the role in his early scenes. But that performance trails off sharply, and Griffith is woefully unconvincing playing Hudson with AIDS. Andrew Robinson, who starred in the network's infinitely better biopic of Liberace last year, is fine as Henry Willson, the casting agent who discovers Hudson. This production, directed by John Nicolella, is a spectacularly superficial treatment. Maybe that's fitting for a movie star who spent his life maintaining a facade.

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