November 09, 1987 12:00 PM

NBC (Sun.-Mon., Nov. 8-9, 9 p.m. ET)


If in Wall Street’s tragic, $500 billion implosion you at least enjoyed witnessing the comeuppance of the coinivorous Y-people, then here’s a miniseries you’ll really love. Here’s a story of people who’d rather murder for money than work for it. Judd (St. Elmo’s Fire) Nelson plays a pathologically greedy “Y” who forms a company-cum-club with Raphael (Better Days) Sbarge, Fredric Lehne and other young and handsome men of money who “want to start at the top.” But instead of making a fortune, these pretty boys only spend a fortune on cars and clothes. So Nelson invests in murder. With his only real asset—charisma—he draws his partners into plots against a Beverly Hills con man (Ron Silver) and a rich Iranian. Billionaire is based on a real 1984 California crime and on the trial of Joe Hunt, the man Nelson plays. Trials usually drag drama down, but not here. Under director Marvin (Peter the Great) Chomsky, this mini does a magnificent job of quilting together courtroom scenes and dramatization, of finding every bit of suspense and carefully doling it out over two nights. In the end Billionaire gives you not only a mesmerizing story but also a deftly delivered message about ethics, avarice and corporate loyalty in the ’80s.

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