Picks and Pans Review: The Prisoner of Zenda, Inc.

updated 09/30/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/30/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

(Showtime, Sun., Sept. 29, 8 p.m. ET)


This is the latest in a series of films designed to pique young people's interest in the classics they are based on. Attention, kids: If the original Prisoner of Zenda had been this bad, it would never have become a classic. William Shatner plays an evil executive who kidnaps his nephew and replaces him with a perfect lookalike, who agrees to go along with the gag only because Shatner promises his dad a job. Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital) is by no means terrible in the dual role of Rudy Gatewick and Oliver Gillis, but Shatner, as is generally the case when he takes roles set in this millennium, is.

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