Picks and Pans Review: Crossing to Freedom
CBS (Sun., April 8, 9 P.M. ET)
An English gentleman (Peter O’Toole) is vacationing in France when the Germans invade in 1940. The reluctant hero leads a flock of children out of the country, aided by a local woman (Mare Winningham with a snarled French accent).
The costuming and the photography are good. And O’Toole is marvelous, with his beautifully cadenced diction and his air of compassion and civility. But he’s freighted in more ways than one by the escaping tykes. Following their tedious peregrinations is like watching a large family of ducks taking a long waddle.