Picks and Pans Review: Everybody's Baby: the Rescue of Jessica Mcclure

updated 05/22/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/22/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Sun., May 21, 9 P.M. ET)


Trying to make a movie out of baby Jessica's 58½-hour ordeal trapped in a backyard water well in Midland, Texas, isn't an easy task. TV news, newspapers and magazines have already told the story, for one thing. We already know there's a happy ending. This straightforward retelling could have taken more creative liberties. Think what a director like Jonathan (Something Wild) Demme could have done with this tale of a domestic crisis turned into a national event. Even so, it does have some nerve-racking rescue scenes and a moving ending. The most effective moments are the ones with the sound of Jessica's voice coining from inside an eight-inch underground pipe. Reasons Jessica's dad, at one point: "Maybe God has a plan we don't know about." Featured are Roxana (Something About Amelia) Zal as Jessica's mom, Beau Bridges as a police chief, twins Jennifer and Laura Loesch as Jessica and Patty Duke as a Victim's Assistance volunteer.

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