Little Shop of Horrors (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.), Frank Oz's 1986 musical remake of the 1960 Roger Corman quickie, is grandly loony, full-bodied and explosively funny. In this giddy mix of hilarity and carnage, Rick Moranis works in a failing flower shop--but one that has in the basement a carnivorous plant about to lurch out of control--and adores his squeaky-voiced co-worker (Ellen Greene), who is also pursued by a sadistic dentist and Elvis wannabe (played by Steve Martin with hilarious abandon).
The Family (Channel 5 Monday at 8 p.m., again on Saturday at 8 p.m.) is a taut 1970 Charles Bronson action picture in which he plays a professional assassin who becomes entangled with a sultry blonde (the late Jill Ireland) as unpredictable as he is.
Smart, funny, touching and sensual, Dirty Dancing (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.) is the phenomenally popular 1987 musical/love story set in the Catskills in the early '60s and starring Patrick Swayze as a sexy vacation resort dancer and Jennifer Grey as the bright student beguiled by him on the dance floor--and off.
There's a lethal quality of impersonality to The River (Channel 5 Tuesday at 8 p.m.), a 1984 film dealing with the struggles of a contemporary farm family caught in a squeeze between unfriendly nature and unforgiving banks. It's inspirational misery at its fullest and most manipulative for all its considerable craftsmanship. Mel Gibson and Sissy Spacek are a heroic Tennessee couple facing up to every disaster of nature--and screenwriting.