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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

March 22, 1987

Rough Cut (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.) is unfortunately just that: a jewel heist caper that seems to capture the spirit of "To Catch a Thief" only to go awry way before the end. At her most ravishingly decollete, Lesley-Anne Down wittily demolishes a languidly debonaire Burt Reynolds, impersonating Cary Grant. The caper itself, involving the theft of a large shipment of diamonds from London to Antwerp (for cutting), is too much a thing of objects rather than people--and singularly lacks suspense.

The new fact-based TV movie Deadly Care (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.) stars Cheryl Ladd as a deeply troubled nurse who develops a dependency on drugs and alcohol.

Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder, based on Shana Alexander's book about the New York socialite (played by Lee Remick) who persuades her son to murder his millionaire grandfather, fills the 9 to 11 p.m. time slots Sunday through Tuesday.

More "real-life" drama: Fight for Life (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.) stars Jerry Lewis and Patty Duke as a couple facing legal obstacles in their struggle to save their gravely ill daughter (Jaclyn Bernstein).

Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas' tender and stirring El Norte (Channels 28 and 50 Monday at 8 p.m.) dramatizes the plight of illegal immigrants on an epic scale. It follows a brother (David Villalpando) and a sister (Zaide Silvia Gutierrez) from their imperiled native Indian village in Guatemala through the dangerous ordeal of a border crossing at Tijuana and their eventual arrival in Los Angeles, where they strive to build a new life for themselves. At times the film exceeds its makers' grasp, but it's well worth overlooking occasional awkwardness and contrivances.

A week of Paul Newman movies begins Monday at 8 p.m. on Channel 13 with the terrific private-eye thriller, Harper.

Anne Archer stars in the new TV movie A Different Affair (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.) as a popular radio call-in talk show host who learns a hard lesson in responsibility from a 12-year-old boy (Bobby Jacoby). Tony Roberts plays Archer's true love, a fellow psychiatrist.

John Frankenheimer's sensitive film The Gypsy Moths (Channel 5 Tuesday at 8 p.m.) stars Burt Lancaster, Gene Hackman and Scott Wilson as barnstorming skydivers who stir up a small Kansas town over a lazy Fourth of July weekend.

The 1983 TV movie China Rose (CBS Saturday at 9 p.m.) starts out promisingly: George C. Scott plays a well-to-do Minneapolis businessman who has come to China in search of his son's grave, but his guide and translator (a wooden Ali MacGraw) soon suspects the son may be alive and that his father is not the only person looking for him; unfortunately, the mystery has a disappointing payoff.

There's considerable electricity generated in the 1984 TV movie Family Secrets (Channel 9 Saturday at 8 p.m.) when three generations of women (Stefanie Powers, Maureen Stapleton and Melissa Gilbert) spend an emotionally charged weekend together.

Selected evening cable fare: The Trip to Bountiful (Z Sunday at 7, Wednesday at 9); The Woman Next Door (Bravo Sunday at 8); The Flight of the Eagle (Bravo Monday at 8); An Englishman Abroad (AE Tuesday at 7:30); Soldier of Orange (Z Tuesday at 9); Prizzi's Honor (Movie Channel Wednesday at 6:30); Sparkle (Lifetime Wednesday at 8); East of Eden (Movie Channel Wednesday at 9); Seven Days to Noon (Movie Channel Friday at 7); The Times of Harvey Milk (Bravo Friday at 8); Women in Love (Movie Channel Friday at 9); The Killing Fields (Movie Channel Saturday at 9).

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