Picks and Pans Review: The Preppie Murder

updated 09/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/25/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC (Sun., Sept. 24, 9 P.M. ET)

C+

The debate over whether or not TV should make entertainment out of real-life murders will no doubt rage on long after this movie, based on the notorious 1986 slaying of a New York City girl, is forgotten (see page 36). But as drama, The Preppie Murder doesn't anger you, which it obviously tries to. While the movie seeks to draw some lessons from the tragedy (most obviously indicting the justice system for judging the victim), the outrage is fuzzied by the lack of courtroom scenes. While Joanna (Growing Pains) Kerns (as the case's prosecutor) and newcomer Billy Baldwin (as killer Robert Chambers) acquit themselves nicely, too much of the story seems left out.

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