Television: Review

To the Confederacy's infamous prison camp of Andersonville near Americus, Ga. went 50,000 Union soldiers; one-third of them died there. For causing the death of at least 12,000 inmates, Captain Henry Wirz, the suffering incompetent who ran the camp, was tried and executed. In a sometimes thoughtful attempt to bring this trial to TV, CBS's Climax foundered over a tepid script which, presumably, actors and director felt they could heat up with hysteria. The result was a shrill, cloying show from the usually skillful hands of Emmy-winning Ralph (Requiem for a Heavyweight) Nelson, Climax's new producer. With a loud and...

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