Picks and Pans Review: Dead Reckoning

updated 05/28/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/28/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

USA (Wed., May 23, 9 P.M. ET)

B

It's Wednesday night, so it must be time for another movie of passion, treachery and murder on USA. This week, Cliff Robertson is a wealthy Seattle surgeon. For his birthday, his lusty young wife (Susan Blakely) gets him a luxurious sailboat with her former lover (Rick Springfield) at the helm. A sudden storm on the maiden voyage strands the sailors at an abandoned lighthouse, where it turns out that three is definitely a crowd. In fact, two may be too many.

Though it goes on a bit too long and the characters are inconsistently drawn, the tension stays pretty high, the sex manages to be inexplicit and nasty at the same time, and all hands turn in good performances—particularly Springfield as the snake in the saw grass.

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