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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

September 15, 1985|Kevin Thomas

The acclaimed Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (CBS Sunday at 8 p.m.) starring Dustin Hoffman as Willy Loman has become a three-hour production directed by top West German director Volker Schlondorff, best known for his film of Gunter Grass' "The Tin Drum." Kate Reid plays Loman's wife, and John Malkovich is cast as his older son Biff.

Airing at 9 p.m. Sunday on ABC is a repeat of the TV movie pilot Lady Blue with Jamie Rose as a fiery, independent police detective out to nail the murderer of her lover. NBC also has a TV movie repeat at 9 p.m., Secrets of a Married Man, in which William Shatner stars as a husband with a compulsive need for prostitutes. Cybill Shepherd, Michelle Phillips and Glynn Turman co-star.

Mirrors, a new TV movie airing Monday on NBC at 9 p.m., stars Marguerite Hickey as a young dancer from the Midwest who comes to Manhattan to seek a career. Airing Monday at 8 p.m. on local channels are the three-hour pilot of Dynasty (Channel 11) and A Touch of Class (Channel 5), the breezy, satisfying romantic comedy starring Glenda Jackson (in an Oscar-winning performance) and George Segal.

John Ritter lends his light touch to Sunset Limousine, a 1983 TV movie repeating Tuesday at 8 p.m. on CBS. He's cast as an aspiring stand-up comedian whose moonlighting as a limo driver inadvertently entangles him with some hired killers.

Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim devised some wicked fun in co-writing Herbert Ross' The Last of Sheila (Channel 7 Thursday at 8 p.m.), in which an elaborate parlor game, set aboard a yacht in the Riviera, turns deadly. James Coburn, Dyan Cannon, Richard Benjamin, James Mason, Joan Hackett, Raquel Welch and Ian McShane send up various Hollywood types and their mates.

That elegant thriller Charade, which teams Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn under Stanley Donen's sleek direction, shows up Friday on Channel 5 at 8 p.m. Airing opposite it on Channel 13 is The Billion Dollar Brain, which finds "The Ipcress File's" Harry Palmer (again played by Michael Caine) in another spy adventure. It's notable for its baroque Ken Russell direction and for Ed Begley's all-stops-out performance as a rich and dangerous right-wing fanatic.

In The Long Goodbye (Channel 13 Saturday at 8 p.m.), Robert Altman dared to drop Raymond Chandler's private eye Philip Marlowe into contemporary Los Angeles--and to turn him into a shaggy, sloppy hangdog type (Elliott Gould, perfectly cast). The result is a sly, elegant classic that has so much fun with Southern California archetypes that we're in danger of overlooking the film's serious moral undertones. The film was written by the late Leigh Brackett, Howard Hawks' frequent collaborator.

Airing Saturday at 9 p.m. on CBS is Robert Zemeckis' outrageous comedy Used Cars, centering on a dealership rivalry carried to the hilarious extreme. Kurt Russell and Jack Warden star.

Airing at 10 p.m. Saturday on Channel 28 is Shopworn (1932), in which working girl Barbara Stanwyck is determined to become a famous star.

Selected evening pay TV/cable fare: Stella Dallas (Cinemax Sunday at 6); The Trouble With Harry (Movie Channel Sunday at 6); The River Rat (Showtime Sunday at 8); Forty-Second Street (WGN Sunday at 9:30); El Norte (Z Sunday at 11, Tuesday at 7:30); The King of Comedy (Cinemax Monday at 6); Stay Hungry (Z Monday at 7); The Seduction of Joe Tynan (HBO Monday at 8); The Thief of Bagdad (1940) (Z Monday at 9); The Right Stuff (Showtime Monday at 9:30, Thursday at 11), Home from the Hill (Cinemax Monday at 10); The Cat and the Canary (1939) (Z Tuesday at 6); Lonely Hearts (ON and SelecTV Tuesday at 7); Once Upon a Time in America (Showtime Tuesday at 8, Movie Channel Wednesday at 8); Trapeze (WGN Tuesday at 9:30); Fitzcarraldo (Movie Channel Tuesday at 10); The Blue Gardenia (WOR Tuesday at 11); Topper (Z Wednesday at 7); Seven Days in May (WTBS Wednesday at 10:30); Little Big Man (WTBS Thursday at 7:20); Cal (Movie Channel Thursday at 8); The Return of Martin Guerre (Movie Channel Friday at 6); Saint Jack (Lifetime Friday at 8); Kind Hearts and Coronets (Movie Channel Saturday at 7); Scarlet Street (A&E Saturday at 9).

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