Sweaty self-abasement is de rigueur for any adaptation of this philosophical classic, and, as the fleetingly homicidal Raskolnikov, Dempsey dishes it out — mercifully — in tablespoons, not quarts. Julie Delpy’s virtuous streetwalker and Kingsley’s serene inspector are also rendered with masterful understatement, especially for a TV movie. But the guilt-induced, Afterschool Special fantasies (used in lieu of Dostoyevsky’s fever-dream dialectics) are simply beyond redemption. B-
Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Ben Kingsley, Julie Delpy; Director: Joseph Sargent; Author: David Stevens; Release Date Wide: 10/11/1998; Runtime (in minutes): 89; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Trimark Home Video
Posted March 17 2000 — 12:00 AM EST
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