Picks and Pans Review: So Proudly We Hail
CBS (Tues., Jan. 23, 9 P.M. ET)
For a TV-issue movie, this drama about neo-Nazism is unusually full of meaty roles. David Soul plays the shrewd, well-heeled leader of the Aryan Resurgence Movement. Chad Lowe, Peter Dobson and Billy Morrissette are three scruffy drifters who are rolled for their money near the Mexican border and then recruited by the oily Raphael Sbarge for Soul's white-supremacist group. Edward Herrmann is well cast as a New England college professor who is about to perish because he can't publish. Desperate to keep his standing in the anthropology department, he allows himself to be used as a mouthpiece to legitimize racial bigotry.
The climax that brings them all together is a little overblown, but, nonetheless, in So Proudly We Hail, writer-director Lionel (The Hanoi Hilton) Chetwynd has created a strong, semiplausible (that's a compliment) cautionary tale.
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