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Movies to Tape

July 03, 1988

La Bamba (Cinemax Sunday at 9 p.m.): Luis Valdez's infectious biography of Richie Valens, the teen rock 'n' roll star, starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Valens and featuring the music of Los Lobos. (1:50)

D.O.A. (A&E Sunday at 1 a.m.): The foolish recent remake starring Dennis Quaid of this 1949 film noir classic makes you want to see the original all over again. Edmond O'Brien was unforgettable as the L.A. accountant who had only 24 hours to find out who had slipped him some lethal poison. (2:00)

Seven Samurai: (Bravo Monday at 9 p.m.): Kurosawa's 1954 classic starring Toshiro Mifune as one of the seven warriors hired by a small village to protect them from bandits. A tremendously influential film remade in countless forms. (3:30)

The Court Jester: (Channel 11 Saturday at noon): This 1956 Norman Panama-Melvin Frank production, featuring words and music by Sylvia Fine and Sammy Cahn, is one of Danny Kaye's best, a fast and witty spoof of swashbucklers. (2:00)

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