Picks and Pans Review: Taken Away

updated 11/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/06/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

CBS (Sun., Nov. 5, 9 P.M. ET)

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In this well-told, well-cast movie, Valerie Bertinelli touchingly plays an anguished mother who is wrongly accused of child abuse. Amen's Anna Maria Hors-ford, as a no-nonsense child-welfare worker, gives a dynamite performance too, proving she is as good with drama as she is with comedy.

At times, the story seems more emotional than intelligent. You're tempted to ask, for example, why the child welfare authorities simply don't interview Bertinelli's 8-year-old (played by Juliet Sorcey) to find out the true story. (Of course that would have cut the two-hour length significantly.)

But it's hard to watch Taken Away (Mario Thomas is co-executive producer) without being drawn into the argument over whether or not Bertinelli's character is a good parent. This is a first-class TV movie.

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