Picks and Pans Review: Treasure Island

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

originally published 01/22/1990 01:00AM

TNT (Mon., Jan. 22, 8 P.M. ET)

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As you read this, some agent is sitting by a Hollywood pool shouting at a phone, "Find me this Robert Louis Stevenson guy. He's got the hottest word processor in town."

Two prime-time properties in two nights! Let's see Sid Sheldon match that.

By far the better of the two is this brisk, handsome entertainment that kicks off in high gear with an absolutely ferocious Oliver Reed as a salty seafarer. He's the first of many pirates with whom our young hero, Christian (Empire of the Sun) Bale, is destined to cross paths. Of course the most memorable of these is the one-legged Long John Silver, played with great relish, a crocodile grin and a parrot on his shoulder by Charlton Heston.

It's a month after Christmas and time to trade in that ho-ho-ho for a yo-ho-ho. Ahoy, mateys, board this ripping good yarn and let's away.

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