October 22, 1984 12:00 PM

HBO (Saturday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. ET)

When it comes to pleasant, peaceful living, New York City, as everyone knows, is hardly Walden Pond. The Guardian makes it look like Beirut under a full moon. Martin (Kennedy) Sheen lives in an apartment building so besieged by crime that its residents reminisce about the days when their worst worry was a local flasher. After Sheen finds a murdered neighbor at his door, the building hires Louis (An Officer and a Gentleman) Gossett Jr. as a security chief, even though a doorman would have been cheaper. The crimes don’t stop, and Sheen suspects Gossett of keeping his job by inviting terror. So Sheen goes to Gossett’s home, in a neighborhood as desolate as Dune, where he’s terrorized in a ludicrous scene that looks like West Side Story as remade by Sam Peckinpah. The Guardian, in short, is overdone.

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