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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

April 12, 1987|Kevin Thomas

Escape From Sobibor, a new TV movie about the largest escape of prisoners from a Nazi death camp, airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS. Adapted by Reginald Rose from the book by Richard Rashke and directed by Jack Gold, it stars Alan Arkin, Rutger Hauer and Joanna Pacula.

In another new TV movie, Her Secret Life (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.), Kate Capshaw plays a former secret agent turned housewife coerced into coming out of retirement to undertake a dangerous mission to Cuba.

"The Disney Sunday Movie" (ABC at 7 p.m.) is Bride of Boogedy, a sequel to last year's "Mr. Boogedy," in which Richard Masur starred as the head of a family who moves into a house haunted by the ghost of a pilgrim, played by Howard Witt.

In keeping with the Easter season, NBC is repeating its award-winning, eight-hour Jesus of Nazareth, directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Robert Powell, Sunday through Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Other vintage biblical dramas airing this week are The Story of Jacob and Joseph (Channel 11 Tuesday at 9); The Story of David (airing in two parts on Channel 5 Wednesday and Thursday at 8); Demetrius and the Gladiators (Channel 11 Wednesday at 9); Barabbas (Channel 13 Thursday at 8); Esther and the King (Channel 11 Thursday at 9), and The Day Christ Died (Channel 5 Friday at 8).

If you just can't recall what happened on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during World War I, it can only heighten the stinging impact of Peter Weir's sweeping Gallipoli (Channel 13 Monday at 8 p.m.). To Weir and writer David Williamson, the events that took place there represent an appointment with destiny, an end of innocence for both his two young heroes (Mark Lee, Mel Gibson--this was Gibson's big break) and for Australia as well. As it proceeds with a sense of the inevitable to the battlefield, Gallipoli also becomes a reverie, a loving tribute to the rugged Australian character and land.

The new TV movie Infidelity (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.) stars Kirstie Alley and Lee Horsley as a couple coping with the husband's one-night stand with his wife's best friend (Laurie O'Brien).

The 1985 TV movie Seduced (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.) is a sleek romantic mystery in which ambitious attorney Gregory Harrison becomes entangled with Cybill Shepherd, his former lover and now the wife of a powerful financier (Mel Ferrer).

Richard Crenna stars in Part 1 of the absorbing 1985 Doubletake (CBS Thursday at 9 p.m.) as a New York police detective who tries to solve a grisly double murder while at the same time embarking upon a May-December romance with Beverly D'Angelo, who involves him in yet another investigation. Adapted by John Gay from William Bayer's novel "Switch," Doubletake concludes next Thursday at 9 p.m.

Jaws 2 (ABC Friday at 8:30 p.m.) has its moments but can't compare to the original, while Table for Five (CBS Friday at 9 p.m.) is a shameless but potent tear-jerker, thanks to Jon Voight's engaging central performance as a negligent parent who takes his children on a Mediterranean cruise only to be confronted with unexpected tragedy.

Voight is also strong as a determined backwoods teacher in Conrack (Channel 5 Saturday at 6 p.m.), another heart-tugger.

Christine (CBS Saturday at 9 p.m.), a typically bravura--and typically excessive--John Carpenter film of the Stephen King novel, features a singularly malevolent 1958 red-and-white Plymouth Fury that transforms (in unexpected ways) the life of a klutzy, persecuted high school youth (Keith Gordon). Christine is dynamic, high-style horror, gleeful and grisly.

Selected evening cable fare: East of Eden (Cinemax Sunday at 6); Alfie (Z Sunday at 9); Lola Montes (Z Monday at 5, Wednesday at 7); Peeping Tom (Z Monday at 7); Straight Time (Cinemax Monday at 8); Sugarbaby (SelecTV Monday at 8); The Seventh Veil (Bravo Tuesday at 8); A Woman Called Golda (Cinemax Tuesday at 8); Claire's Knee (Bravo Wednesday at 7); Chloe in the Afternoon (Bravo Wednesday at 9); The Wind in the Willows (Disney Thursday at 6); State Fair (1933) (Z Thursday at 7); Utu (Bravo Thursday at 8:30); Lucas (Z Thursday at 9); Bronco Billy (Cinemax Friday at 6); City Lights (SelecTV Friday at 6:30); David Lean: A Life in Film (Bravo Friday at 8); Nazarin (Galavision Friday at 8); Smooth Talk (Cinemax Saturday at 6:30); At Close Range (Cinemax and SelecTV Saturday at 8); The Third Man (Bravo Saturday at 9).

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