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Movies to Tape

September 24, 1989

The Family (Cinemax Sunday at 1:30 p.m.): Ettore Scola's warm, bemused account of eight decades in the life of an Italian family, which takes place entirely in a large old flat. Vittorio Gassmann is the family's grand patriarch. (2:10)

America, America (Bravo Sunday at 5 p.m.): Elia Kazan's stirring, epic-scale story of an immigrant's dream of coming to America; based on the experiences of Kazan's own uncle. (2:50)

The Big Heat (Cinemax Thursday at 11:30 a.m.): Fritz Lang's classic 1953 film noir, with policeman Glenn Ford battling the Mob and bad guy Lee Marvin throwing hot coffee in Gloria Grahame's face. (1:30)

Hurricane (1937) (Channel 11 Friday at 12:30 a.m.): The memorable John Ford film in which the idyllic life on a South Sea island is spoiled by the white man. Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour star. Featuring an unforgettable climactic hurricane. (2:00)

Targets (A&E Friday at 1 a.m.): Peter Bogdanovich made a terrific 1968 directorial debut with this nifty thriller that contrasts the genteel horror created by Boris Karloff with the impersonal slaughter of a young man who goes on a shooting spree. (2:00)

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