Picks and Pans Review: The Girl Who Came Between Them

updated 04/02/1990 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/02/1990 01:00AM

NBC (Sun., April 1, 9 P.M. ET)

B-

Thirteen years after the war, ex-GI Anthony Denison is leafing through a copy of LIFE magazine when he sees a story on Amerasian children in Vietnam and is certain that one of the kids (Melissa Chan) is his by a Vietnamese woman he thought dead. With support from his wife (Cheryl Ladd) and help from vet activist Joe Spano, he sets out to bring the girl to the States. The fact-based drama of cultural and familial adjustment gets surprisingly strident before it's over.

The movie benefits from convincing performances by Denison, Chan and Nancy Grahn as Ladd's best friend. It has just one inescapable problem: It's not very interesting.

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