Picks and Pans Review: A Pair of Aces

updated 01/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/15/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Jan. 14, 9 P.M. ET)

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In their best duet yet, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson team up in a good-ol'-boy takeoff of 48 HRS.—the cop-con movie, not the CBS news show. Kristofferson is perfect as a grizzled, laconic Texas Ranger on the trail of a serial killer. In the midst of his investigation, he's forced to baby-sit a sly, sage safecracker (Nelson) who is awaiting trial on trumped-up charges. After a stormy beginning, they end up helping each other with their respective cases.

It's a neatly wrapped little adventure with colorful dialogue and a penetrating score courtesy of William Olvis. Watch for a few unintentionally funny moments when Rip Torn as a retired Ranger loads up a wad of chewing tobacco, then tries to act natural and not drool on himself at the same time.

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