A unit of California National Guardsmen is sent to Honduras for annual summer training camp. The men are supposed to extend a runway, but then they're told to restore a bridge near a town that's 50 miles closer to Nicaragua. When they arrive on the scene, they discover why the bridge needs restoring--it was blown up. Before long, they're involved in a war.
And before long, the Nielsen-measured masses are involved in "Weekend War" (tonight at 9, Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42), a TV-movie that actually takes a position on Central American policy.
The screenplay, by Gregory Widen, Dennis Hackin and Steve Hackin, doesn't go so far as to support either the Sandinistas or the Contras. The people who start shooting at the Americans remain nameless and faceless. They could be from either side, or both sides, or they could be drug smugglers.
Whomever they are, the bullets look real. The film makers do a very good job of lulling us into complacency, along with the Guardsmen, before jolting us off the couch at the onset of the inevitable attack.