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March 09, 1986|KEVIN THOMAS

Robert Aldrich's Hustle (Channel 13 Sunday at 6 p.m.), a lament for America's lost innocence in the form of a police procedural mystery, excitingly teams Burt Reynolds and Catherine Deneuve as a cop and the call girl he loves. Its attempt at serious social comment is badly marred, however, by writer Steve Shagan's pretentious dialogue.

The new TV movie Blind Justice (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.), based on an actual incident, stars Tim Matheson as a photographer wrongly accused of rape and murder.

The two-part Dress Gray premieres on NBC Sunday and Monday at 9 p.m. Hal Holbrook stars as the commandant of a military academy beset by the mysterious drowning of a politically well-connected cadet.

Live and Let Die (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.) marked Roger Moore's amiable 1973 debut as 007, but the film itself lapsed into a broad burlesque. This is the one in which Bond is investigating evil doings that link Harlem with a mysterious Caribbean island.

Alan Pakula's Comes a Horseman (Channel 5 Monday at 8 p.m.) finds James Caan, Jane Fonda and Jason Robards as Montana ranchers battling for land and power. Fonda is persuasive as a strong yet vulnerable rancher struggling to keep her cattle spread from being overtaken by old-style cattle baron Robards; at the same time she's gradually becoming involved with ex-GI Caan. Handsome but overly studied.

The new TV movie Between Two Women (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.) stars Michael Nouri as an artist whose marriage to Farrah Fawcett is threatened by his overpowering mother (Colleen Dewhurst).

In Broken Lance (Channel 11 Monday at 9 p.m.) Spencer Tracy plays a Lear-like rancher losing control of both his family and his cattle empire.

Richard Fleischer's terrific 1971 thriller See No Evil (Channel 13 Tuesday at 8 p.m.) finds Mia Farrow cast as a blind lady in distress. Based on a true story, it's set in a handsome, sun-filled English manor house. (Be sure to pay attention to the slight but crucial difference in the names on two identification bracelets.)

Robert Wise's Audrey Rose (Channel 13 Wednesday at 8 p.m.) is a reincarnation thriller that doesn't quite come together. Anthony Hopkins is compelling as a man convinced that the 12-year-old daughter (Susan Swift) of Marsha Mason and John Beck is his own dead child returned to life.

John Carpenter's 1976 Assault on Precinct 13 (Channel 5 Thursday at 8 p.m.), about an L.A. police station under siege by a gang of youths, is a tense, exciting thriller that over the years has become a cult film. That will never happen to Burnt Offerings, airing Thursday at 8 p.m. on Channel 13. This ridiculous horror picture finds Karen Black, Oliver Reed and Bette Davis moving into a spooky old house (the I. W. Hellman mansion in Oakland). The rent is only $900 for the summer, but the toll the malevolent house exacts of its guests is far greater.

Until the landmark Rosemary's Baby (Channel 13 Friday at 8 p.m.), tales of the supernatural almost invariably had logical final-reel explanations for all the weird phenomena. But this elegant, witty chiller, directed superbly by Roman Polanski, resurrected, as it were, the power of Satan himself in this story about a young woman (Mia Farrow) whose pregnancy becomes increasingly ominous. John Cassavetes is Farrow's ambitious actor husband, and the late Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for her role as her eccentric neighbor.

Also airing at 8 p.m. Friday (on Channel 5) is Fighting Mad, an ultraviolent exploitation picture that has Peter Fonda returning home to the Arkansas hills to take on land-grabber Philip Carey. Airing at 9 p.m. Friday on Channel 11 is the fine Anthony Mann Western Bend of the River, starring James Stewart.

Sam Fuller's The Big Red One (Channel 9 Saturday at 9 p.m.) is a handsome, well-crafted, almost leisurely recollection of the World War II experiences of five American soldiers, from the landings in North Africa in 1943 to the collapse of Germany in 1945 and told from the point of view of the foot soldier whose dearest victory is merely surviving. Lee Marvin stars.

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