Picks and Pans Review: Jekyll & Hyde

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

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

ABC (Sun., Jan. 21, 9 P.M. ET)


One would probably have to go back to the Bible to find a classic tale in which Michael Caine has not taken a turn. Here he indulges in a curiously detached stroll through history's most famous dual role.

In a fairly romantic interpretation of Robert Louis Stevenson's fable, Caine is the visionary doctor whose experiments with mind-altering drugs transform him into a monstrous fiend.

The film presents a reasonable evocation of Victorian England. But hold on to your cookies: The Jekyll-Hyde mutation is the most revolting cinematic changeover since Werewolf of London.

There are some nice bit players, such as David Schofield as a Fleet Street irregular and Miriam Karlin as a low-rent landlady. But Cheryl Ladd is leagues out of her element as the abused love interest. And Caine faxed in this baby.

Even playing without affect, Caine is easy on the senses—which is why he is able to work constantly. But if he keeps running through parts at this rate, it won't be long before Caine does Abel.

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