Ken Tucker
April 15, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ride With the Wind

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Craig T. Nelson
broadcaster
ABC

We gave it a C

Craig T. Nelson of Coach has come up with a shameless little vanity production in Ride With the Wind . Decked out in long hair and scraggly beard, Nelson puts on a hangdog air as Frank Shelby, a burned-out motorcycle racer. Once a champion, he’s now a lonely, lazy boozer who still mumbles about winning one more big race. Then he meets a single woman, played by Helen Shaver, whose young son, Danny (Bradley Pierce), has cancer. Their love compels Frank to pull himself together, and Ride With the Wind becomes just what you feared it would be: a competition to see whether Frank will win his race before Danny dies. Nelson is also the executive producer of Ride, so he should be given some credit for making Shaver’s and Pierce’s characters look at least as heroically ennobled as his own is, but this TV movie remains a too-predictable heart-tugger. C

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