Of Pure Blood (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.) stars Lee Remick as a woman who returns to Germany, the country of her birth, to investigate the violent death of her son, only to be plunged into a frightening mystery that leads back to Hitler's "master race" program. See In the Spotlight, Page 3.
In the new TV movie Ordinary Heroes (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.) Richard Dean Anderson of "MacGyver" plays a blinded Vietnam War soldier who returns home in 1973 hoping to pick up his life with a live-in girlfriend.
Lucie Arnaz and Laurence Luckinbill, real-life husband and wife, star in the frothy romantic comedy The Mating Season (Channel 4 Sunday at 9 p.m.), a 1980 TV movie.
Directed by Taylor Hackford and written by Douglas Day Stewart, An Officer and a Gentleman (NBC Monday at 9 p.m.) is an especially potent, stunningly acted soap opera in which we follow two young naval-aviation cadets (Richard Gere and David Keith) through their harrowing officer candidate course under the toughest drill sergeant imaginable (an Oscar-winning Louis Gossett Jr.). They also become involved with factory workers Debra Winger and Lisa Blount. The film's ending is shameless, but the film's success reflects how starved audiences are for old-fashioned emotion on the screen.
The impact of the Vietnam War on American working-class lives is the great theme of Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, which screens in two parts on Channel 13, Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m.
The new TV movie Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.) stars Lynn Whitfield as a young black woman who overcomes many obstacles to become an FBI agent. Howard E. Rollins Jr. co-stars in the film, which is based on a true story.
Betrayal (Channel 11 at 9 p.m. Tuesday and again Saturday at 9 p.m.) offers a cool, disturbing look at love's impermanences, in which playwright/screenwriter Harold Pinter chooses a fascinating way to unfold his domestic tragedy, the way we see life, backward in reflection. Ben Kingsley, Patricia Hodge and Jeremy Irons form the film's sophisticated, ironic triangle of Londoners. David Jones directed.
In an inspired piece of offbeat casting, Danny Kaye stars as a brave, elderly Jew in the fine, angry 1981 TV movie Skokie (Channel 4 Wednesday at 8 p.m.), based on the 1977 incident when the American Nazi Party attempted to stage a demonstration in Skokie, Ill., a Chicago suburb with one of the country's largest groups of concentration camp survivors.
Scared Straight: Another Story (Channel 5 Friday at 8 p.m.) is the intense 1980 TV movie that grew out of the TV documentary about a program at a New Jersey prison in which teen-agers in trouble are confronted with convicts. Cliff DeYoung stars.
Despite Anthony Perkins' persuasive portrayal of a seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates and despite director Richard Franklin's appreciation of the Hitchcock original, Psycho II (CBS Saturday at 9 p.m.) is done in by gratuitous gore and overly contrived plotting.
For a real scare, try George Romero's classic Night of the Living Dead, which turns up Saturday at 8 p.m. on Channel 5.
Selected evening cable fare: Year of the Dragon (Showtime Sunday at 8, Z Friday at 9); Joshua Then and Now (Movie Channel Sunday at 9); Personal Best (Z Sunday at 9); Dreamchild (SelecTV Monday at 8); Metropolis (Bravo Monday at 8:30); The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Disney Monday at 9); The Corn Is Green (1979) (HBO Tuesday at 6:30); Dead of Night (Bravo Wednesday at 8:30); Sparkle (Lifetime Friday at 8); The Clouded Yellow (AE Saturday at 7 and 11).