Picks and Pans Review: The Golden Years?

UPDATED 07/10/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/10/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

PBS (Mon., July 10, 10 P.M. ET)


The abuse of the elderly is the subject of this harrowing, 60-minute documentary, narrated by Robert Mitchum, 71. Several cases are analyzed, including the pathetic plight of a bedridden old woman whose family members regularly beat and raped her. According to filmmaker David Davis, who won an Emmy for The Unquiet Death of Eli Creekmore, physical abuse and financial exploitation of the aged are not uncommon, though often difficult to document. Davis has done a noble job, even if it is a bit too graphic. Shots of bedsores, burns and mutilated areas of aging bodies are almost impossible to watch.

Jeff Jarvis is on special assignment.

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