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Equus (Channel 7 Sunday at midnight): Despite an overly...

June 18, 1989

Equus (Channel 7 Sunday at midnight): Despite an overly literal climax, Sidney Lumet made a brilliant film of the Peter Shaffer play dealing with the interplay of sex and the need to worship, which represented the finest performance of Richard Burton since "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Peter Firth co-stars as a tortured youth treated by Burton's overworked psychiatrist. (2:40)

Island of Lost Souls (Channel 5 Monday at 3 a.m.): A 1933 camp horror classic derived from H.G. Wells and starring Charles Laughton as a mad scientist who has been crossing men and beasts in hideous experiments. (2:00)

Of Human Bondage (Channel 7 Wednesday at 1 a.m.): Bette Davis established herself once and for all as the sneering, small-minded waitress adored by an ineffectual Leslie Howard in this 1934 adaptation of the Somerset Maugham novel. (2:00)

Hey Babu Reba (Z Thursday at 8:30 a.m.): Splendid Yugoslavian film centering on a boozy reunion of four old friends who reminisce about their youth in the '50s and the girl they all loved; flashbacks allow for subtle political commentary. (2:00)

Forbidden Planet (Channel 5 Friday at 1:30 a.m.): The '50s science fiction classic adapted from Shakespeare's "The Tempest." Walter Pidgeon and Anne Francis star. (2:00)

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