Picks and Pans Review: Dream Breakers

updated 01/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/30/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Tues., Jan. 31, 9 p.m. ET)

B +

Robert Loggia plays a Chicago builder with two sons: Kyle {Dune) MacLachlan as the good one, a priest, and D. W. (The Oldest Rookie) Moffett as the bad one, a developer. That good-son, bad-son gimmick may seem stale but at least the rest of the story is fresh. MacLachlan wants to save Chicago from the rich while Moffett wants to get rich like his mean and greedy boss, Hal Linden. Suddenly, Linden tries to turn virtuous and build homes for the homeless with help from Loggia and his sons. So now everybody can be happy-good and bad, rich and" poor. But Loggia, the voice of cynicism from Favorite Son, knows that something stinks, and he's right. In some neatly twisted ways, everyone in this tale is being used by someone else. Occasionally, the script can't keep up with its own demanding story. Having the brothers settle a score with a dirty game of one-on-one basketball is an easy cliché. But at least this is an ambitious story, not a stolen one. And most of that ambition is fulfilled.

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