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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

September 10, 1989|Kevin Thomas

Helen Shaver stars in the new TV movie Mothers, Daughters and Lovers (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.) as a single working mother trying to make a decent life for herself and her two daughters, despite the burning desire of the eldest daughter (Laura Perry) to leave their small town. Claude Akins co-stars.

Thunderboat Row (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.), another new TV movie, finds Chad Everett and Jason Adams in an action-adventure involving law enforcers using a new high-speed boat to catch drug smugglers off the Florida coast.

Love Child (Channel 13 Monday at 8 p.m.), the 1982 film that marked Amy Madigan's theatrical film debut, always seemed better scaled for TV. Madigan is excellent as a pregnant Florida convict, determined to keep her unborn child, and so is Beau Bridges as the likable but unscrupulous guard she refuses to identify as the child's father.

Report to the Commissioner (Channel 13 Tuesday at 8 p.m.), a violent, farfetched but fast and pungently atmospheric 1975 thriller set in Manhattan, stars Michael Moriarty as a distraught rookie cop assigned to undercover work on the Times Square narc beat.

CBS repeats The Man in the Brown Suit (Tuesday at 9 p.m.), a diverting Agatha Christie mystery starring Stephanie Zimbalist as the adventure-hungry heroine, Anne Beddingfield.

Robert De Niro won an Oscar as boxer Jake La Motta in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (Channel 5 Wednesday at 8 p.m.), one of the best films of the decade. De Niro's La Motta is in the classic mold: the street kid who came up from nothing, caught the brass ring and lost it, largely through ungovernable rage and jealousy.

Fire and Rain (USA Network Wednesday at 9 p.m.) is a new cable TV movie that dramatizes the crash of a Delta Airlines flight at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport in 1985. The cast includes Tom Bosley, Robert Guillaume, Susan Ruttan and David Hasselhoff.

Tough Enough (Channel 5 Thursday at 8 p.m.) is a delightful, modest little piece of Americana starring Dennis Quaid as a struggling country singer-composer who in desperation enters a Toughman Contest, one of those amateur boxing contests. Written by John Leone and directed by Richard Fleischer, this 1983 release is a surprising, subtle and amusing consideration of the seductiveness of the pursuit of macho.

Zoot Suit (Channel 11 Thursday at 8 p.m.), Luis Valdez's 1981 film of his play, is not as exciting as it was on stage but is just as important. At once an exuberant period musical and seething courtroom drama in which the ugliest prejudice is laid bare, it stars Edward James Olmos as the ultimate mythical zoot-suiter El Pachuco.

Under Norman Jewison's direction, Sylvester Stallone is terrific as a Jimmy Hoffa carbon in F.I.S.T. (Channel 5 Friday at 8 p.m.).

Charley Varrick (Channel 13 Friday at 8 p.m.) is that delicious teaming of director Don Siegel and Walter Matthau as a canny, deliberately small-time bank robber.

In The Heist (HBO Saturday at 8 p.m.), a new made-for-cable movie, Pierce Brosnan plays an ex-con who plans the robbery of a San Diego race track to get revenge on his double-crossing partner (Tom Skerritt).

Luis Puenzo's The Official Story (Channel 28 Saturday at 10 p.m.), named best foreign film of 1985, is a riveting account of an elegant woman (the electrifying Norma Aleandro) who begins to suspect she may not be as sheltered from the horrors of Argentina's military regime as she thought.

The ratings checks on movies in the TV log are provided by the Tribune TV Log listings service.

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