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MOVIES OF THE WEEK

August 19, 1990|KEVIN THOMAS

There's more grit than consistent credibility in 1984's The Pope of Greenwich Village (Channel 5 Sunday at 8 p.m.), but Mickey Rourke is terrific as a would-be New York operator undone by his loyalty to a screwed-up cousin (Eric Roberts). There's a great supporting cast that includes Daryl Hannah, Geraldine Page and Jack Kehoe.

Naked Lie (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.) is an entertainingly trashy 1989 TV movie involving a corrupt judge (James Farentino), a lovesick prosecutor (Victoria Principal), sleek call girls and assorted proponents of law, order and vice.

The 1974 Big Bad Mama (Channel 5 Monday at 8 p.m.), with Angie Dickinson in the title role, is a lowdown, violent and sexy tale of a Depression widow who robs banks.

John Milius' far more polished and ambitious 1973 Dillinger (Channel 5 Tuesday at 8 p.m.) offers a masterful performance by Warren Oates in the title role, but the film emerges as trite and hollow anyway.

Mystic Pizza (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.) takes a fairly old idea--three bachelor girls on the loose--and gives it a patina of freshness by using New England coastal city backdrops and casting a delightful archetypal trio: Julia Roberts (the reckless beauty), Lili Taylor (the vivacious kook) and Annabeth Gish (sensitive and brainy).

A slam-bang, straight-out 1970 murder mystery They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (Channel 13 Thursday at 8 p.m.) brought back Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs, the smart Philadelphia police detective he played in "In the Heat of the Night."

Speaking of "In the Heat of the Night," the 1972 Across 110th Street (Channel 11 Friday at 8 p.m.) pits a two-fisted, bigoted, veteran New York police captain (Anthony Quinn) against a better-educated, high-principled, much younger black lieutenant (Yaphet Kotto), but the film self-destructs with excessive violence.

The 1985 White Nights (Channel 13 Friday at 8 p.m.) is a laughably foolish contrivance in which a Russian dancer/defector (Mikhail Baryshnikov) finds himself back in the Soviet Union after an airplane disaster in Siberia, where he crosses paths with a black American tap dancer/expatriate (Gregory Hines) who would like to return to the United States. Even more contrived than it sounds, and the inevitable dancing sequences can't begin to save it.

Robert Aldrich's 1973 Emperor of the North (Channel 9 Saturday at 8 p.m.) is a robust, rollicking adventure, set in the Depression and starring Ernest Borgnine as a conductor on an Oregon train who would rather kill a man than give him a free ride. Lee Marvin plays the hobo who dares to challenge Borgnine's character.

The Nun's Story (Channel 13 Saturday at 8 p.m.), the esteemed 1959 Fred Zinnemann film, is a noble try at a modern spiritual portrait, with Audrey Hepburn as a young nun struggling with her vocation in World War II-torn Belgium.

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