NBC (Fri., Nov. 19, 9 p.m. ET)
Teri Garr plays a Palm Springs private eye who asks for help from a boozy local cop (Sam Elliott) on a case involving a wealthy man and a fertility clinic.
Based on a Joseph Wambaugh mystery, the movie is full of groaningly labored lines. A bartender warns Elliott, “You’re having more blackouts than London in the blitz.” Elliott asks Garr, “Can we get off the phone now? This [conversation] has gone on longer than the Lebanese civil war.”
Tin-eared dialogue aside, the movie’s easy pace and breezy attitude are reminiscent of The Rockford Files. Like James Garner, Elliott is always enjoyable.