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THE SINGING DETECTIVE
December 17, 2012  | By David Bianculli

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I’d love to report that this is an ultra-rare telecast of the brilliant 1986 Dennis Potter British miniseries – but it’s not. It’s an equally ultra-rare telecast of the 2003 Americanized movie version, which, even though Potter himself wrote the screenplay, is hampered by being severely shortened, poorly cast, and not at all inventively staged. Still, it has moments. And it also has Robert Downey, Jr. in the leading role, which almost makes up for the supporting-player miscasting of Mel Gibson as the psychiatrist and Katie Holmes as Nurse Mills.
 
 
 
 
 
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