Picks and Pans Review: Pride and Extreme Prejudice

updated 01/22/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/22/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

USA (Wed., Jan. 17, 9 P.M. ET)


Current events are beating the stuffing out of some of the most cherished conventions in the spy genre. For instance, all the Checkpoint Charlie suspense in this installment of USA's Frederick Forsyth anthology is suddenly moot now that the Wall has come tumbling down.

Brian Dennehy stars as a West German intelligence operative who loses his cover and his grip on reality while picking up some top-secret information from a highly placed Soviet traitor in East Germany. The look of the production fluctuates somewhere between a glossy espionage film and a bargain-basement nighttime soap. When it sticks to the cloak-and-dagger stuff, the movie is entertaining. But much of its mood is frittered away by dwelling on Dennehy's inner dissolution.

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