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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

February 18, 1990

Once again Steven Spielberg (as executive producer) magnifies the fears of childhood in the 1985 The Goonies (NBC Sunday at 7 p.m.), as seven kids, including Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton, embark on a reckless adventure in pursuit of pirate treasure; uneven, but many will be hooked.

That also could be said of The Color Purple (CBS Sunday at 8 p.m.), director Spielberg's bold attempt to bring to the screen Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a poor black girl growing up in the South. The film is overblown, but Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover (as her brutal husband) and Oprah Winfrey (as her tragic friend) leave indelible impressions.

Black Moon Rising (Channel 9 Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a tense, hard-driving 1986 thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones as a thief hired by the Justice Department to steal incriminating tapes from an indicted corporation.

The Death of the Incredible Hulk (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.) finds Bill Bixby returning as scientist David Banner and Lou Ferrigno as his superman alter ego. If the ratings are good, despite the TV movie's title, we probably haven't seen the last of them.

The Principal (Channel 5 Monday at 8 p.m.) finds Jim Belushi in the title role as a hothead assigned to an inner-city school. A good subject quickly degenerates into one more cliche-ridden revenge movie.

The 1989 TV movie pilot Nasty Boys (NBC Monday at 9 p.m.) imagines the mayor and police chief of Las Vegas teaming up as secret crime fighters. The series begins Friday at 9 p.m.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m.) celebrates the golden anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" with a restored, uncut print followed by a tribute made up of interviews and rare footage hosted by Angela Lansbury.

The Living Desert (Channel 11 Wednesday at 8 p.m.), the 1953 Oscar-winning documentary, has been celebrated for its close and comprehensive look at the inhabitants of the desert, but is actually a relentless depiction of the survival of the fittest.

Kenneth Bowser's 1988 film of James Purdy's 1976 novel In a Shallow Grave (Channels 28, 15 Wednesday at 9 p.m.) makes the mistake of approaching this poetic fable of love, sacrifice and redemption as if it was being transferred to the stage instead of the screen. The film stars Michael Biehn as a disfigured, reclusive World War II veteran and Patrick Dempsey as a young runaway who becomes his devoted servant.

In the fresh, virulently funny and offbeat 1984 Repo Man (Channel 11 Thursday at 8 p.m.), writer-director Alex Cox sets his contemporary comic portrait of the way we are (but might be happier forgetting) against the scabrous background of the automobile repossession business in Los Angeles. In this faintly surreal satire, Cox unleashes his Liverpudlian wit on cults, punks, UFO followers, the CIA, televised religion, credit buying and generic-can labeling--among other of life's ills. Harry Dean Stanton, that icon of low-life, plays an ace repossessor who becomes mentor to Emilio Estevez. This is a real collector's item.

Spaceballs (Channel 5 Friday at 8 p.m.), Mel Brooks' 1987 satire of space opera, is sometimes hilarious, but it's overwhelmed by production values.

The 1984 Bachelor Party (Channel 11 Friday at 8 p.m.) is a cut above routine comedy, thanks especially to Tom Hanks, cast as an irrepressible prankster who shocks his pals when he announces he's getting married.

Perry Mason: The Case of the Notorious Nun (Channel 5 Saturday at 8 p.m.) is the second and one of the best of the Perry Mason TV movies. This time out Mason (Raymond Burr, of course) defends a nun accused of murdering a priest said to have been her lover.

You don't salute the 1980 Private Benjamin (Channel 13 Saturday at 8 p.m.), you court-martial it. Goldie Hawn plays a rich, dumb girl who joins the Army, where she sends shivers of rage through her superiors, played by Eileen Brennan and the late Robert Webber.

Chasing a Rainbow: The Life of Josephine Baker (Channel 28 Saturday at 10 p.m.) is a hugely entertaining and informative documentary on the stunning, complex and courageous international star.

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

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