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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

July 12, 1987|KEVIN THOMAS

There is no hint that The Concorde: Airport '79 (ABC Sunday at 8 p.m.) was meant to be a spoof, but this silly movie certainly is funny. Robert Wagner stars as a deranged weapons manufacturer who launches a series of explosive attacks on a supersonic jet in flight in order to protect his own guilty secret. Piloting the ill-fated jet are Alain Delon and "Airport" movies veteran George Kennedy. Also aboard: Susan Blakely, Sylvia Kristel, Eddie Albert and Cicely Tyson.

Karl Malden is outstanding in the impressive 1984 TV movie With Intent to Kill (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.), in which he plays a father who leads a crusade against his daughter's killer, a high school football star who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Carly's Web (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.), the week's only new TV movie, stars Daphne Ashbrook as an ambitious clerk in the complaints division of the Justice Department who uncovers high-level intrigue and blackmail in the federal government.

The 1984 TV movie remake of Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah (ABC Monday at 8 p.m.), starring Antony Hamilton and Belinda Bauer, is only so-so, but its cast features Victor Mature, DeMille's Samson, as Hamilton's father.

The Facts of Life Down Under (NBC Monday at 9 p.m.), which first aired only last February, finds "The Facts of Life" series folks on an Australian adventure. Cloris Leachman stars.

The most ambitious movie ever adapted from a Stephen King novel--though it strangely sacrificed most of its flavor and shock--is Stanley Kubrick's mesmerizing The Shining (Channel 13 Tuesday at 8 p.m.). Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, as ordinary people trapped in a snowbound madhouse of a hotel with a mind of its own, were cheated a little by the overly spare script. But this is one film you can watch solely for the visuals--the tracking shots alone could curdle your blood.

Francis Coppola's film of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders (CBS Thursday at 9 p.m.) is at all times violently, intensely beautiful. Coppola has taken on the emotional timbre of Hinton's story of kids living on the fringe in a small town in the mid-'60s without tackling its basic story problems--purple prose, romanticized dialogue and wild leaps of plot. But the large cast, headed by C. Thomas Howell, is most appealing.

Hitchcock's one and only Psycho airs Thursday on Channel 5 at 8 p.m.

Ann-Margret is stunningly good as the faded and pathetic Blanche DuBois in the first-rate 1984 TV movie version of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (ABC Friday at 8:30 p.m.), which was adapted by Oscar Saul and impressively directed by John Erman. Beverly D'Angelo is a perfect Stella and Treat Williams a convincingly brutal Stanley. Randy Quaid completes Williams' unforgettable quartet as the sweet but limited Mitch.

Honkytonk Man (ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.) is one of Clint Eastwood's best. Taking a breather from action films, Eastwood directs himself as a down-and-out, Depression-era country singer struggling to make it to the Grand Ole Opry before he dies.

Selected evening cable fare: Wanda (Bravo Sunday at 9); A Kind of Loving (Nickelodeon Sunday at 9); Letter to Brezhnev (SelecTV Monday at 7); Rules of the Game (Z Monday at 7); The Quiet Earth (Bravo Monday at 9); A Chorus Line (Cinemax Tuesday at 7); Lost in America (Showtime Tuesday at 8); Coup de Torchon (Bravo Tuesday at 8:30); Mean Streets (Bravo Wednesday at 6:30); Pauline at the Beach (Z Wednesday at 7); Birds of Prey (WTBS Wednesday at 7:30); Who's That Knocking at My Door? (Bravo Wednesday at 8:30); The Ballad of Cable Hogue (SelecTV Wednesday at 9); Barry Lyndon (Z Wednesday at 9); The Searchers (WOR Thursday at 6); Lucas (Cinemax Thursday at 7); Throne of Blood (Bravo Thursday at 8); Lady Jane (Showtime Thursday at 8); East of Eden (SelecTV Thursday at 9); The Turning Point (Z Friday at 7); The Sure Thing (Showtime Friday at 9); The Trip to Bountiful (Showtime Saturday at 8).

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