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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

August 11, 1985|KEVIN THOMAS

Sleek rather than memorable, The Electric Horseman (ABC Sunday at 8 p.m.) teams Robert Redford as a cereal-endorsing former rodeo champ on a spree and Jane Fonda as an ambitious-yet-vulnerable TV reporter pursuing him.

Airing Sunday at 9 p.m. on NBC is a rerun of the 1984 TV movie Her Life as a Man, starring Robyn Douglass as a reporter who disguises herself as a man to land a job as a sportswriter on a national magazine.

The Great Santini (Channel 13 Sunday at 6 p.m.) stars Robert Duvall in one of his finest performances as a Marine fighter pilot, trapped between wars and trying to run his family like a prison camp commandant.

Arthur (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.) may be hard-going for those for whom there's no funny side to drunkenness, but it's a glittering, uproarious '30s-style farce starring Dudley Moore as a dipsy millionaire, an Oscar-winning John Gielgud as his perfect gentleman's gentleman and Liza Minnelli as the waitress Moore prefers to the heiress his family has picked out for him.

Screening opposite Arthur at 9 p.m. Monday on NBC is the 1983 TV movie Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story starring Richard Thomas, excellent as the singer struggling to get out from under his legendary father's shadow.

Two of a Kind (CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m.) is another quality TV movie, a 1982 production that marked George Burns' dramatic TV debut as an elderly man given a new lease on life by his retarded grandson (Robby Benson).

That splendid, Oscar-nominated 1979 Dutch film Soldier of Orange makes its TV debut Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Channel 13. In adapting Erik Hazelhoff's autobiographical novel, director Paul Verhoeven makes fresh and exciting the familiar saga of young men losing their innocence in World War II. Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbe star.

Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CBS is a rerun of the notable 1984 TV movie The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck, based on Volker Schlondorff's powerful German film "The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum," which in turn was based on an actual incident. Marlo Thomas stars as a woman hounded by the police and press in their pursuit of a terrorist (Kris Kristofferson).

The Formula (Channel 5 Wednesday and Saturday at 8 p.m.), a 1980 thriller, is badly marred by its strife-ridden production, yet it does boast Marlon Brando and George C. Scott.

Gary Busey gives an uncanny, superlative portrayal in The Buddy Holly Story (ABC Thursday at 8 p.m.). The fine cast includes Charles Martin Smith and Don Stroud.

Not Just Another Affair (CBS Friday at 9 p.m.) is a 1982 TV movie that stars Gil Gerard as a swinging lawyer and Victoria Principal as a prim marine biologist in a pallid reworking of the old Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies.

Friday at 8 p.m. on Channel 13 brings the uneven but worthy Hemingway adaptation Islands in the Stream, which stars George C. Scott as a sculptor in conflict with his wife and children. That razzle-dazzle send-up of thrillers, Jean-Jacques Beineix's Diva, airs Friday at 9 p.m. on Channel 28.

Richard Lester's 1974 version of The Three Musketeers (Channel 5 Saturday at 6 p.m.) is a superb bit of tongue-in-cheekery, stylish and fun but also deeply affectionate. Oliver Reed, Raquel Welch, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York head a starry cast that includes Faye Dunaway as the wicked Milady and Charlton Heston as Cardinal Richelieu.

Saturday at 10:50 p.m. on Channel 28 is The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese's fine documentary on the Band's farewell concert on Thanksgiving, 1976.

Selected evening fare on the pay/cable services: Apocalypse Now (Cinemax Sunday at 8, Showtime Friday at 11); Blonde Venus (Z Monday at 7:30); The Birthday Party (Lifetime Monday at 8); After the Rehearsal (Z Monday at 9); Sugar Cane Alley (ON and SelecTV Tuesday at 7); Das Boot (Movie Channel Tuesday at 10:15); Of Human Bondage (SPN Tuesday at 10:30); The Club (Z Wednesday at 7); Being There (Cinemax Wednesday at 8); Repo Man (Cinemax Wednesday at 10:15); Beyond the Limit (ON and SelecTV Thursday at 9); The Pumpkin Eater (WGN Thursday at 9:30); Sinbad the Sailor (Cinemax Friday at 6); Scarface (1932) (Showtime Friday at 6); Breaker Morant (Z Friday at 7); All That Jazz (Movie Channel Saturday at 6:30); The Forbin Project (WGN Saturday at 8:30); The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (A&E Saturday at 9); The Executioner's Song (Cinemax Saturday at 9).

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