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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

March 08, 1987

Moonraker (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.), the 10th of the James Bond extravaganzas, is for all intents and purposes a space movie with Roger Moore as 007 fighting evil out there where the laser guns grow. The movie is an armory of lethal gadgets--a wrist-worn dart gun, safecracking cigarette cases, explosive watches, fatal perfumes for femme fatales and so forth. Lois Chiles is an attractive NASA-CIA rival-turned-accomplice, and the gigantic Richard Kiel is on hand as the steel-gummed Jaws.

Houston Knights (CBS Wednesday at 9 p.m.) is the two-hour pilot for a new police series about two detectives (Michael Pare, Michael Beck) and their strict superior (Robyn Douglass).

Selected evening cable fare: Salvador (Z Sunday at 7, SelecTV Monday at 8, Z Wednesday at 9); The Last Metro (Bravo Sunday at 8); Amadeus (Movie Channel Sunday at 9, Thursday at 6); The Getting of Wisdom (Z Monday at 9); Robin and Marian (WGN Monday at 9:30); Lucas (Showtime Tuesday at 8); Pretty in Pink (Showtime Wednesday at 6); The Sun Shines Bright (Z Thursday at 6:30); Paris, Texas (Bravo Thursday at 8); The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Movie Channel Thursday at 9); The Company of Wolves (Z Friday at 7); Experience Preferred . . . but Not Essential (AE Friday at 9); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Z Friday at 9); Continental Divide (Z Saturday at 7); The Prowler (AE Saturday at 9); Reds (Movie Channel Saturday at 9).

The new TV movie Deadly Deception (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.) deals with a widowed father's search for his infant son, despite the misgivings of family, friends and police who think the child is dead. Matt Salinger and Lisa Eilbacher star.

Sunday at 9 p.m. on NBC is the new TV movie The Abduction of Kari Swenson, which dramatizes the biathlon champion's 1984 kidnaping by a pair of Montana mountain men. Tracy Pollan stars.

The "Disney Sunday Movie," airing on ABC at 7 p.m., is Bigfoot, which stars Colleen Dewhurst as a crusty anthropologist who joins forces with a couple of youngsters in an attempt to save the legendary Sasquatch from capture and exploitation.

Iceman (Channel 13 Monday at 8 p.m.), a poignant fable celebrating the sacredness of nature, centers on the discovery in an Arctic cave of a Neanderthal man (John Lone) perfectly preserved in ice, and on the efforts of anthropologist Timothy Hutton and cryobiologist Lindsay Crouse to bring him back to life. Directed by Fred Schepisi, Iceman evolves into yet another of the Australian director's studies of a man increasingly at odds with his environment.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (ABC Monday at 8 p.m.) was the first of the big-screen Trekkie reunions but not the best. For all of the spectacular Douglas Trumbull-John Dykstra special effects, the film is sluggish and lacks stirring action. It seems there's a large, mysterious cloud of destructive energy zipping toward Earth and only starship Enterprise may be able to stop it.

NBC's 8 p.m. Monday movie is a two-hour series preview, Rags to Riches, which stars Joseph Bologna as a millionaire playboy who decides to improve his image by opening his estate to five street-smart orphans.

Another pilot movie, the hackneyed Matlock: Diary of a Perfect Murder, repeats Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC. Andy Griffith and Lori Lethin star as father-daughter lawyers defending a TV journalist accused of killing his anchorwoman ex-wife.

Based on a true story, Hide in Plain Sight (Channel 5 Tuesday at 8 p.m.) is a modest, very affecting film directed by and starring James Caan. He plays a decent man who loses his children when his ex-wife marries a small-time crook who becomes part of the Federal Witness Relocation Program, which provides new identities for criminals in return for their cooperation and testimony. What ensues is Caan's protracted struggle against the smug, indifferent forces of bureaucracy.

Timestalkers (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.) is a new TV movie starring William Devane as a college professor whose interest in the Old West and in time-travel catapult him into a desperate manhunt stretching from 2586 back to 1886.

James Toback's Exposed (Channel 5 Wednesday and Saturday at 8 p.m.) is a drenchingly romantic thriller whose key motif is taken from Goethe's "Sorrows of Young Werther" and is lots stronger in style than credibility. Nastassja Kinski stars as an ambiguous angel of death, a student turned top fashion model who becomes involved with concert violinist Rudolf Nureyev and Paris-based terrorist Harvey Keitel. Even though it fails to convince, Exposed can be appreciated for its passion, daring and originality.

Nickelodeon (Channel 11 Wednesday at 9 p.m.) is Peter Bogdanovich's heartfelt, very knowledgeable account of the hectic, formative years of the American film industry. It is also a romantic comedy involving Ryan O'Neal, Burt Reynolds and Jane Hitchcock in the eternal triangle. Although the film impeccably evokes the period in all its innocence and fun and daring, it overreaches in trying to tell its love story in the style of the early films themselves.

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