Picks and Pans Review: Deceptions

updated 06/11/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/11/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Showtime (Sun., June 10, 8 P.M. ET)

A-

Whew, turn on the air conditioner. The wallpaper is starting to blister from all the steamy thrillers on the TV.

In this case a beautiful woman (Nicollette Sheridan) in the Hollywood Hills shoots her husband, claiming self-defense. One of the investigating homicide detectives (Harry Hamlin) is immediately smitten with the widow. His infatuation creates mounting conflict with his partner (Robert Davi), who takes a more jaundiced view of her culpability. As the plot thickens, Davi's skepticism seems abundantly justified.

The dialogue isn't much, but the storyline, set design and camera work are all first rate. Sheridan, who was left standing at the altar in the season finale of Knots Landing, gets her honeymoon in a torrid affair with Hamlin, all black leather and two-day stubble. Recently a tabloid breathlessly reported that the making of this movie contributed to the breakup of Hamlin's marriage to Laura Johnson. Even considering the source, that's almost believable judging by the combustible chemistry on display. Sheridan is the sexiest small-screen siren since Linda Kozlowski in Favorite Son. Hamlin, who also starred in that NBC mini, gives another workmanlike performance here, and the flinty Davi is, as always, excellent.

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