With fast-paced editing and a sharp script, the made-for-TV SKIN makes an interesting drama of New York's infamous Howard Beach case.
The film begins in late 1986, when three black men, whose car has broken down, wander into a pizzeria in the Howard Beach section of Queens. No sooner have they left the restaurant than they are taunted and threatened by a group of white youths. One of the black men, Michael Griffith, is chased
onto a highway and killed by a passing car, and another, Cedric Sandiford (Joe Morton), is savagely beaten.
After the white boys are arrested, Joe Hynes (Daniel J. Travanti) is asked to prosecute them for the city. Hynes' first order of...