Picks and Pans Review: Johnny Ryan

updated 07/30/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/30/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

NBC (Sun., July 29, 9 P.M. ET)

D

It's New York City just after World War II. A police task force is taking on the mobsters in Murder Inc. At least that's the idea. But this clunky TV movie, with its tangled plot and comic-book, tough-guy dialogue, is a flimsy piece of make-believe. Characters are laboriously introduced and then disappear as completely as if they owed you money. Clancy Brown, a heavy in such movies as Shoot to Kill and Highlander, is miscast against type as the two-fisted hero of the title.

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