October 07, 1985 12:00 PM

HBO (Sun., Oct. 6, 8 p.m. ET)


Tommy Lee Jones, who won an Emmy for The Executioner’s Song, plays a deranged Vietnam vet who for no apparent reason takes over Central Park. I tend to judge TV movies a touch more charitably than real movies, simply because they’re free. And I give cable movies even more mercy, even though you pay for them, because cable is still new at this biz. But Park deserves no charity. Not just because it’s brainless, filled only with bombs and bullets and—this is cable—a few bare breasts. And not just because it’s bankrupt of talent, with dialogue written by a jackhammer and delivered by a bazooka. No, what sets Park below the rest is that it tries to turn a dangerous man into a hero; it tries to saint a psychopath.

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