Picks and Pans Review: Good Night, Sweet Wife: a Murder in Boston

updated 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EDT

CBS (Tues., Sept. 25, 9 P.M. ET)


There is an odd lack of drama in this factually shackled movie about Charles Stuart, who last year allegedly shot his pregnant wife for insurance money and then committed suicide when his elaborately staged alibi began to unravel.

The film seems less concerned with character than with indicting the racial hysteria that gripped Boston after the killing, as the police and public eagerly swallowed Stuart's story about a black man being responsible for the attack.

Ken (thirty something) Olin gives a thin performance as Stuart. And while Margaret Colin is very good as a chain-smoking tabloid reporter, she all but disappears just as the story is getting interesting.

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