September 10, 2001 12:00 PM

Lifetime (Mon., Sept. 10, 9 p.m. ET)

Only three months after Mare Winningham played a good mother falsely accused of child pornography in Lifetime’s Snap Decision, the cable network plunges us into another legal nightmare based on a true story. In this TV movie, Brenda and Scott Kniffen (Virginia Madsen and Jeffrey Nordling) of Bakersfield, Calif., endure 12 years of wrongful imprisonment for the alleged sexual molestation of their two sons.

The script is filled with clichéd indignation, including the inevitable “I thought we were innocent until proven guilty in this country.” The overzealous social worker, the publicity-hungry D.A., the hanging judge—all are without a single redeeming feature. But the case is such an outrage that you almost have to stay tuned till justice finally prevails.

Bottom Line: Involving in spite of itself

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