By Terry Kelleher
May 18, 1998 12:00 PM

ABC (Sun., May 17, 7 p.m. ET)

Show of the week

Like the school-integration story Ruby Bridges, seen on The Wonderful World of Disney in January, this fact-based Disney movie about World “War II Denmark aims to turn a heavy historical subject into drama that will hold adults while instructing children. Its success is due largely to the performances of Sam Waterston and Mia Farrow as Dr. Karl Koster and his wife, Doris, Danes who risked all to save Jews hunted by the occupying German forces. Though the film enhances its appeal to the whole family by playing up the roles of the Kosters’ son (Justin Whalin) and daughter (Nicola Mycroft), its main focus is on the parents. Waterston is ideally cast as a modest man of integrity, and Farrow (doing her first TV acting in more than 20 years) makes a convincing transition from reluctance to firm resolution. Older viewers will note some wartime clichés, but younger ones will receive a valuable lesson in conscience and courage.

Bottom Line: A compelling historical drama