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Picks and Pans Review: Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert

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NBC (Fri., Nov. 19, 9 p.m. ET)

B-

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.