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THE WEEK'S FILM PICKS, BY TIMES CRITICS

Our recommendations include two Oscar-winning performances and some creative hitchhiking

April 22, 1990|Kevin Thomas

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

The 1934 Frank Capra classic is one of the most enduringly enjoyable movies of all time, with Clark Gable's breezy reporter and Claudette Colbert's runaway heiress meeting on a bus bound from Florida to New York. Filled with some of the most memorable moments in the history of the movies.

Monday at 4:30 p.m. Friday at 6:10 a.m. Cinemax

THE GIG

Writer-director Frank D. Gilroy's overlooked 1985 film is a gem, a wonderfully winning account of a quintet of amateur jazzmen, all of them middle-aged urban professionals, who unexpectedly land a professional engagement at a Catskills resort. Wayne Rogers and Cleavon Little star.

Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at 11 a.m. A&E

THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND

Budd Boetticher's swift, hard-edged account of the Depression-era gangster, well-played by a suave Ray Danton, who divided his time between women and crime. Remarkable black-and-white cinematography by one of the masters, Lucien Ballard.

Wednesday at 3:30 a.m. KCOP

THE KARATE KID

The 1984 original is one of those movies in which everything works right from the start. Director John Avildsen and writer Robert Mark Kamen capture a rhythm and naturalness in pacing, dialogue and action that sustains this irresistibly shameless heart-tugger straight to the finish. Slight, dark-eyed Ralph Macchio, newly arrived from Newark to Reseda, learns how to handle the bullies when he's tutored in karate by the kindly, yet strict Noriyuki (Pat) Morita, who won an Oscar nomination for his performance.

Friday at 8 p.m. KTTV

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