Picks and Pans Review: Still Holding On: the Legend of Cadillac Jack
"Tell me this isn't happening! Tell me it's not real!" moans Lisa Hartman Black's character in this TV movie. We hear ya, hon. The acting and writing are so bad that the film, though based on fact, is almost beyond belief. Hartman Black's real-life husband, country music star Clint Black, makes his dramatic debut as rodeo cham-peen "Cadillac Jack" Favor, wrongly convicted of a 1964 double murder committed by a pair of hitchhikers he happened to pick up and treat with his usual kindness. Jack's wife, Ponder (Hartman Black), calls the noble Texan "as good a man as God created," but that testimonial cuts no ice in a brutal Louisiana prison, where he keeps getting thrown into solitary just for being a well-meaning guy. Every time Ponder comes for a visit, we're guaranteed a painful scene in which Black struggles to shed a tear or grit his teeth while Hartman Black sets a sad example of how a professional actor portrays anguish. Eventually, Jack is granted a new trial, but Still Holding On deserves to be laughed out of court.
Bottom Line: Junk this clunker