June 08, 1992 12:00 PM

USA (Wed., Jane 3, 9 P.M. ET)

C-

John (The Human Factor) Mahoney and Scott (Family Ties) Valentine play father and son small-town Georgia lawyers with a relationship that really gets strained when they begin competing in both the courtroom and the bedroom. Both covet Eve (The Powers That Be) Gordon, the wife of a murder suspect Valentine is prosecuting and Mahoney is defending.

The movie tries to kindle a tale of lust and murder into a smoldering thriller. But it succeeds only in creating a smudge-pot melodrama, crammed with silly Southern accents, ludicrous courtroom scenes and terrible acting, particularly by Valentine, who seems to think that emoting means imitating Alan Thicke with a migraine.

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