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August 19, 1990

George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (Disney Sunday at 9 p.m.): Through the compassion and filmmaking skills of his son George Stevens Jr., the life and work of director George Stevens make a compelling drama. His was a deeply American life with a shadow of sadness over its last third and more that is as moving as the best novels. (2:00)

I Walk the Line (Cinemax Monday at 11 a.m.): John Frankenheimer's underrated 1970 drama starring Gregory Peck as a rural sheriff who falls disastrously in love with a moonshiner's daughter (Tuesday Weld). (1:35)

Shadow of a Doubt (TMC Thursday at 8 p.m.): Hitchcock's favorite among his films, in which a nice Santa Rosa family is visited by a charming cousin (Joseph Cotten) who beguiles the daughter of the family (Teresa Wright). A subtle, gripping 1943 tale of small-town innocence menaced by a dangerous outsider. (1:48)

Ground Zero (Showtime Saturday at 6:05 a.m., again at 3:05 p.m.): An outstanding 1987 Australian political thriller suggesting that nuclear tests had been done in Australia by Britain between 1953 and 1964 with a callous disregard for Australian military personnel as well as countless nomadic aborigines. (1:49)

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