Amos, its teleplay by Richard Kramer based on the Stanley West novel and directed by Michael Tuchner, is a multileveled suspenser marked by a fine performance by Kirk Douglas. At 66, Douglas portrays 78-year-old Amos Lasher, once a minor-league baseball coach, now consigned to a nursing home after an automobile accident that killed his wife and has left him near-destitute and crippled. The home is run by Daisy Daws, a graduate of what we used to call The Joan Crawford School of Nursing: a smiling martinet by day and a tootsie with a lover and a penchant for frilly peignoirs by night. Before long she and the independent-minded Amos are in conflict and, when some of his pals die before their time, Amos is in open revolt. But the aged and infirm are given small credence in our society and Amos has to fight for justice on his own. Elizabeth Montgomery is very good indeed as the vile Daws, as are Dorothy McGuire, Ray Walston, Pat Morita and Jerry Hausner, as Amos's friends.
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