Picks and Pans Review: Last Flight Out

updated 05/21/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/21/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Tues., May 22, 9 P.M. ET)


It's April 1975 and the manager (James Earl Jones again) for the last commercial airline in Saigon is trying to keep the operation open until the last possible moment. Meanwhile, a few heroic Americans are running around trying to help as many Vietnamese as they can out of the anomie.

Even though this fact-based drama was filmed in Thailand by a veteran TV director, Larry Elikann, you're always acutely conscious that you're watching a TV movie. Some of the members of the cast fare better within this air of artificiality than others. The stilted dialogue and somber tone act like flypaper on Richard Crenna and Eric Bogosian. Jones and Arliss Howard float right through.

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