'My Son Johnny' shows fatal reaction to sibling abuse

November 08, 1991|By Tim Grobaty | Tim Grobaty,Knight-Ridder News Service

"My Son Johnny," is too real to be watchable. Airing Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS, (Channel 11) the two-hour movie, "inspired by actual events," and fictionally set in Baltimore, ranges from torturous to merely painful as it details sibling abuse as practiced by elder brother Johnny on younger brother Anthony.

We knew from "Lonesome Dove" Rick Schroder can act, but it's startling to see him turn into a truly loathsome character as the abusive Johnny.

Corin "Corky" Nemec ("Parker Lewis Can't Lose") plays Anthony as the nicest kid imaginable.

Anthony gets good grades and works for his mom at the shop. Johnny dropped out of school at 15, deals drugs and terrorizes everyone.

Finally Anthony gets a bellyful and murder never felt so good.

Michele Lee ("Knots Landing,") plays the mom, who can't believe her eldest son isn't Johnny Angel. Her redemption in this horrible show comes in court as she vilifies Johnny to keep Anthony out of prison.

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