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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

November 01, 1987|KEVIN THOMAS

The Enforcer (Channel 13 Sunday at 6 p.m.), the third and arguably the best of the "Dirty Harry" movies, launches a weeklong series of Clint Eastwood movies on Channel 13. This is the one in which Tyne Daly, in a warm-up for "Cagney & Lacey," plays Harry's latest partner, who proves her mettle and then some.

The Philadelphia Experiment (Channel 9 Sunday at 8 p.m.) takes its title from an attempt by the Navy in 1943 to render U.S. ships invisible to radar. This fast-moving, action-filled science fiction film imagines that the experiment succeeds only too well, with sailor Michael Pare, after a spin through a shining vortex, landing in the desert 40 years later.

In the new TV movie Dangerous Affection (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.) Jimmy Smits plays a Seattle detective who falls for a woman (Judith Light) whose son is the only person who can identify a killer.

Randal Kleiser's fine 1980 remake of The Blue Lagoon (Channel 5 Monday at 8 p.m.) succeeds in involving us for two hours with a couple of kids (Brooke Shields, Christopher Atkins) stranded on a tropical isle and presents their coming of age--in ignorance of the facts of life--with honesty but without exploitation.

Paul Verhoeven's splendid, large-scale Soldier of Orange (Channel 11 Monday at 8 p.m.), a Dutch saga about a group of privileged, carefree young men losing their innocence in World War II, stars Rutger Hauer and Jeroen Krabbe, who have both since become internationally renowned actors.

Steve Martin's The Jerk (Channel 13 Monday at 8 p.m.) is wild and crazy all right, but not nearly as funny as it might be, thanks to crass dialogue. In essence it tries to emulate the silent classics in which a young man of total naivete leaves home to make his way in the world--ah, if only The Jerk were silent!

Oh God! You Devil (NBC Monday at 9 p.m.) has George Burns playing the devil as well as God--and the devil is an agent, no less, who tempts a struggling young songwriter (Ted Wass) to sell his soul for a hit. It's more amusing than you'd expect any sequel to be and much better than "Oh God! Book II."

The tense and ingenious WarGames (Channel 5 Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.) stars Matthew Broderick as a high school computer whiz who blunders into access with a Defense Department early warning system programmed to play out World War III. This is an anti-nuclear allegory at its most chilling and entertaining.

Until it overreaches in its final minutes, Clint Eastwood's The Gauntlet (Channel 13 Tuesday at 8 p.m.) succeeds in making the fantastic credible. The getting there, however, is outrageous and witty. Eastwood, who also directed (in his characteristic laconic style), plays a rootless, seedy Phoenix cop who goes to Las Vegas to extradite terrified hooker Sondra Locke to be a witness at a mobster's trial.

John Hughes' The Breakfast Club (Channel 5 Wednesday at 8 p.m.) traps five radically different high school students in an all-day detention in an attempt to be at once serious about these young people and their destinies--and also to be a teen-age comedy wherein the kids revolt and make asses of their teachers. The result is a movie too crafty for its own good; its mixed ambitions self-destruct. However, the five students--brain, jock, flake, princess and hood--are well-played by Anthony Michael Hall, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson.

Hang 'em High (Channel 13 Thursday at 8 p.m.), a Western that is as savage as it is well-made, stars Clint Eastwood as a former St. Louis lawman whose unwitting purchase of stolen cattle threatens his life.

A View to Kill (ABC Thursday at 8:30 p.m.), the 14th James Bond--and the last with Roger Moore as a rather weary 007--is pretty much the standard formula. Christopher Walken is the villain who wants to destroy Silicon Valley.

Tom Holland's Fright Night (Channel 5 Friday at 8 p.m.) is a nifty little horror picture in which a high school kid (William Ragsdale) becomes suspicious of the activities of the new next-door neighbor (Chris Sarandon, amusingly insinuating).

Channel 13, which has devoted much of its movie programming this week to Clint Eastwood, offers an Eastwood double feature Saturday night. Joe Kidd (at 8 p.m.) is a solidly crafted 1972 Western that forthrightly depicts injustices to Mexican-Americans. Robert Duvall and John Saxon are Eastwood's co-stars. The Gauntlet repeats at 10 p.m.

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