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October 09, 1988

Blood and Sand (SelecTV Sunday at 3 p.m.): In Fred Niblo's original 1922 silent version, Rudolph Valentino's anguished bullfighter seemed reflective of his own difficult personal life. One of Valentino's best. (2:00)

The Ballad of Cable Hogue (Z Sunday at 5 p.m.): One of Sam Peckinpah's least violent, least-tampered with and most amiable and reflective Westerns, centering on loner Jason Robards coping with the closing of the frontier and with Stella Stevens (at her considerable best) as the shady lady who would like to cast her lot with him. (2:01)

The Heiress (Channel 5 Wednesday at 1:30 a.m.): William Wyler's impeccable film of Henry James' "Washington Square" with superb performances by Olivia de Havilland as the plain heiress, Montgomery Clift as her handsome suitor and Ralph Richardson as her spirit-crushing father. (2:30)

The Offence (Channel 7 Saturday at 11:30 p.m.): This is a splendid yet rarely seen 1972 film starring Sean Connery and directed by Sidney Lumet from a John Hopkins play in which Connery gives a performance of Shakespearean stature as a seasoned, hard-nosed British police sergeant attempting to nail a man for rape despite a total lack of evidence. (2:15)

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