Television: Grievous Burden

What's the difference between a feature film and a TV movie? For this week's lesson, compare the taut, engrossing 1990 theatrical film adapted from Scott Turow's first novel, Presumed Innocent, with the flabby, enervated miniseries ABC has made from his second, THE BURDEN OF PROOF (Feb. 9-10, 9 p.m. EST). To be sure, this later novel -- about a prominent defense attorney who uncovers a web of shady dealings and family secrets after his wife's suicide -- is a more complex, less easily digested work. Still, it might have clicked if the convoluted plot had not sprawled over four padded hours....

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