Picks and Pans Review: Passion Flower
CBS (Sun., Jan. 19, 9 p.m. ET)
As hot and humid as a breathy kiss in the ear. As mysterious and inscrutable as its setting, Singapore. And as well photographed, well written, well acted, well directed and entertaining as any movie in the theaters this season. Nicol Williamson savors his evil role as a modern British colonial pirate in Asia. Barbara Hershey (soon to star in Woody Allen’s next movie) is Williamson’s baked Alaska daughter—hot on the outside, arctic on the inside. And Bruce (Scarecrow and Mrs. King) Boxleitner is an American banker whose ambition burns as hot as his libido. Boxleitner ends up in an affair with the married Hershey; he ends UD stewed in Williamson’s scummy corporate kettle; he ends up in a murder plot. I won’t tell all the story; it’s better to watch than to read. But I will say that it’s a joy to see a TV movie that avoids clichés in its script, camera angles, lighting and even its sound track. Here’s a movie that intrigues, one so steamy it should make you sweat, sigh and stay tuned.