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Prime-Time Flicks

June 24, 1990|Kevin Thomas

In 1978's Corvette Summer (KTLA Sunday at 6 p.m.) Mark Hamill and Annie Potts are affecting as two innocents afloat in Las Vegas, a good metaphor for a corrupt society in a film that deftly attacks America's consumer culture.

Honkytonk Man (KCOP Sunday at 6 p.m.) is one of Clint Eastwood's best. Taking a breather from action films in this 1982 effort, Eastwood directs himself as an ailing, down-and-out Depression-era country singer.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (KABC Sunday at 8:30 p.m.) features Ricardo Montalban as a fine, hiss-inspiring villain and captures the spirit of the TV series.

Even though only a portion of the Joe Eszterhas story could be filmed, the 1978 F.I.S.T. (KTLA Monday at 8 p.m.) remains one of director Norman Jewison's best films, starring Sylvester Stallone as an initially idealistic Jimmy Hoffa-like labor leader.

Tough Enough (KTLA Tuesday at 8 p.m.), a subtle and amusing 1983 consideration of the seductiveness of the pursuit of machismo, stars Dennis Quaid as a struggling country singer/composer who winds up in a Tough Man Contest.

The quirky and sweet Babycakes (KCBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.), a 1989 TV movie remake of Percy Adlon's "Sugarbaby," stars Ricki Lake as an overweight mortuary cosmetician who fearlessly pursues the slim and handsome man of her dreams (Craig Sheffer).

Last Embrace (KTTV Wednesday at 8 p.m.) is Jonathan Demme's bravura 1979 Hitchcock homage, with Roy Scheider and Christopher Walken.

Sam Peckinpah's weary yet wise Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (KTTV Thursday at 8 p.m.) risks self-parody in a violent 1974 tale of revenge offset by a tender love story, played beautifully by Warren Oates and earthy Isela Vega.

Middle Age Crazy (KTLA Friday at 8 p.m.), a funny yet compassionate 1980 comedy that spans three generations, stars Bruce Dern as a Houston contractor for whom turning 40 is a painful milestone--even though he has a wife (Ann-Margret) who's crazy about him.

There's roundness of character, a brush of reality and a sense of continuous surprise that lifts the 1973 gangster picture The Outfit (KTTV Friday at 8 p.m.) out of the ordinary; Robert Duvall and Robert Ryan star.

Michael Ritchie's The Candidate (KCOP Saturday at 8 p.m.) remains one of the best movies about politics in the age of jets and TV. Robert Redford is a Kennedyesque lawyer competing in a California senatorial race.

While the 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much (KCET Saturday at 9 p.m.) is entertaining in its own right, it is of most interest in revealing how greatly Hitchcock improved upon himself in the 1956 remake.

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