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But Will Donna Mills Emerge from Every Last Crisis in Full Makeup?
Well, agreeing with someone back there who points out that s/he has never heard of this author whose book has been adapted for this screenplay, I neither have heard of nor care to see anything else from this crew.
How it earns the ratings of "wholesome family entertainment" remains a mystery in and of itself, as ABC Family Network promotes this as "a film to draw the family together," with such a message repeating during each commercial break.
This production is over-ridden with extremely excessive violence if not terroristic cliché with multiple kidnappings, senseless slayings and bombs with timers ticking away the seconds.
And so it must be up to stars Donna Mills, Stephen Collins, Claire Bloom, Ian Richardson and Colin Stinton to draw in the audience with their fine talents and star power to try to make a go of things here. And that's the only plus to this monstrosity, a complete waste of time without these five performers and their hitherto track record of audience draw.
As this business goes, Nicky Wells (Donna Mills), a world-famous photographer/reporter becomes engaged with a Charles Deveraux (Derek de Lint), who disappears on the evening before the wedding and is presumed deceased at sea or in some foreign country or something.
Charles' mother, the lovely British noble lady Anne Deveraux Rawlings (Claire Bloom), had conceived him during her reckless youth with a father who perishes before their wedding, as well. She marries a Mister Deveraux, of Dutch extraction, to give Charles a name, but during Charles' youth, the only father whom he knows is murdered by an international terrorist organization, and so Charles vows revenge.
Anne then marries British MI-5 Agent Philip Rawlings (Ian Richardson), to share a lavish country estate. (But from what we learn of British MI-5 agents from several episodes of "Murder, She Wrote," this Intelligence operation is not nearly as bungling and clueless as is presented here, the police department, maybe, but not MI-5, which is not to be confused with the Michigan Congressional District of the same name).
Clee Donovan (Stephen Collins) meets Nicky Wells during her international investigation to locate Charles, whom she believes to be still alive, based upon evidence that she continues to receive secret gifts from him and also instructions from his fellow terrorists which could lead her to Charles (But not to turn around until after the enemy agent exits, which she does anyway.)
Now, Clee, naturally, falls madly in love with Nicky and vows to protect her, but she wants to travel to all of these dangerous countries alone because she can handle herself even though she is often kidnapped, stuffed into automobile trunks, and threatened with weapons (as in good, clean fun for the dysfunctional family, perhaps), but through it all, her makeup and hair style hold up even after an open speedboat chase through the canals of Amsterdam (which may otherwise undo the average coiffure).
Clee's patience with Nicky's determination to conceal evidence from himself, the police and MI-5 holds up much better than many an audience member may suspect (and probably a lot better than the average's viewer's patience), especially after he learns of flowers and gifts sent to Nicky from Charles, which she refuses to explain for fear of Charles' safety.
Art Morgan (Colin Stinton) and Anne Deveraux Rawlings (Claire Bloom) are by now written off, so it's up to Nicky, Clee and Philip to try to save the day from Charles, who continues to threaten poor Nicky with knives and firearms, and shooting innocent bystanders to demonstrate that he loves her more than just about anyone except for his murdered father.
After another series of impulsive murders, Charles convinces Nicky to use her celebrity to sneak him into an international peace conference, through very weak security anyway, so that he may grasp his final revenge to bomb the international delegation. Security guards merely hand them passes to admit them, without investigating the bomb because she is beautiful and famous.
International law enforcement and Intelligence agencies haven't the necessary resources to prevent these crazed acts of terrorism, and, of course, Clee is also powerless because Nicky waits to explain everything later, and so it is up to Nicky to try to save Amsterdam with her wit and dexterity, with mere seconds left on the bomb device before....
Well, those sinister terrorists rarely give the heroine or hero very much time to deactivate those bombs regardless as to which film or program uses this same identical plot, but now Nicky has ten seconds to act very quickly, and to decide who's the lucky fellow.
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