Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The made-for-TV Parole stars the music of Bob Dylan and Sting. Actually, it stars James Naughton, but the music is (or should have been) the selling angle. Naughton portrays street-smart Boston parole officer Andy Driscoll, who takes a personal interest in each of his charges and tries to mainstream them into decent society. The plot concentrates on one such parolee, played by Mark Sopper, who considers returning to crime after losing his girl, his job and his home. The film's studied grittiness is undercut by a contrived car chase and a phony happy ending. Watch for Ellen Barkin in the supporting role of "Donna." Filmed as a TV pilot in late 1980, Parole was not telecast until September of 1982.
parole-board/officer, ex-convict, going-straight, problems