Beverly D'Angelo, in a throwback to the days of drop-dead femmes fatales , chews up a role that actresses would die for and runs away with the four-hour miniseries "Trial: The Price of Passion" (Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m. on NBC, Channels 4, 36 and 39).
It's not that John Gay's teleplay (based on Clifford Irving's book, "Trial") would have it any other way. But this crime story, notwithstanding the twist of two deviously overlapping murder trials, is essentially your standard-equipment courtroom suspense drama.
D'Angelo, however, playing a cold-blooded murderess who flares across the screen like a torch, kicks the movie into an overdrive you won't find on the printed page.
Her dominance is notable, too, because she's sandwiched by considerable veteran talent--co-star Peter Strauss, steady as ever as an embattled defense attorney, and supporting actors such as Ned Beatty and Jill Clayburgh. Even Clayburgh, as a mean, crusty criminal judge, turns in a bizarre, out-of-character performance.