Picks and Pans Review: A Casualty of War

updated 03/19/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/19/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

USA (Wed., March 14, 9 P.M. ET)

C+

For a guy who played the spindly, spavined Smike in Nicholas Nickleby, David Threlfall makes a pretty good action hero. But in this British espionage film, he needs help from the sound-effects people. In America we expect more thunder in our fight scenes, not the dull watery noise Threlfall gets when he throws a punch.

He stars as a former British special agent recruited to interdict an arms shipment to the IRA. Like the other offerings in the channel's series of Frederick Forsyth stories, this film, which co-stars Shelley Hack, is smartly paced and very European-looking, but uneven in terms of verisimilitude.

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