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October 07, 1990

Don Coscarelli's 1988 Phantasm II (Channel 5 Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a more literal and traditional horror picture than the 1980 original, a scary gem that evoked a small-town America where Norman Rockwell images intersected those of Salvador Dali. Once again Angus Scrimm's mortician-grave robber turns corpses into ghoulish dwarf killers just for the evil fun of it.

Support Your Local Gunfighter (Channel 13 Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a very broad, amiable Burt Kennedy comedy-western starring James Garner as a con man who tries to pass off Jack Elam as a much-feared gunfighter.

When You Remember Me (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.), a new TV movie, stars Fred Savage as a teen-ager, stricken with multiple sclerosis, who fights for better conditions for the elderly and disabled; suggested by events in the life of Michael Patrick Smith.

The 1988 Off Limits (Channel 11 Monday at 8 p.m.) is a slick, standard issue ultra-violent, fast-moving hard-action cop thriller set in Saigon, 1968, but could just as easily have been set anywhere else any time. Willem Dafoe and Gregory Hines star.

Street Smart (Channel 5 Tuesday at 8 p.m., also Saturday at 8 p.m.), in which a magazine reporter (Christopher Reeve) fakes an interview with a Times Square pimp, is uneven. The 1987 film is not especially convincing in its evocation of the world of journalism, but Kathy Baker is brilliant and deliciously sexy as a savvy prostitute and Morgan Freeman is commanding and terrifying as her pimp.

The rousing 1973 police drama Serpico (Channel 11 Tuesday at 8 p.m.) provided Al Pacino with one of his best roles as a New York cop fighting criminals and corruption in his own department.

The 1989 Grievous Bodily Harm (Channel 2 Tuesday at 9 p.m.) offers a riveting tour of Sydney's (Australia) seamy side but falls apart at the finish. Colin Friels stars.

Whoopi Goldberg might well prefer to forget the 1987 Fatal Beauty (Channel 5 Wednesday at 8 p.m.), in which she plays an undercover cop full of flash and sass. She's fun but the film self-destructs, socking over a strong anti-drug message while exploiting violence to the hilt. George Cukor directed the Emmy-laden 1975 TV movie Love Among the Ruins (KTTV Saturday at 3:30 a.m.) which paired Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier for the only time. Hepburn plays a rich retired actress faced with a breach of promise suit and Olivier, an eminent barrister, is hired to defend her.

Errol Flynn is a perfect Robin Hood in the 1938 classic version of The Adventures of Robin Hood (KCOP Saturday at noon) and Olivia De Havilland is intelligent and spunky as Maid Marian.

In the 1983 Doctor Detroit (Channel 13 Saturday at 6 p.m.) Dan Aykroyd is lots of fun as a naive college professor who falls heir to a stable of prostitutes.

With the 1977 High Anxiety (Channel 5 Saturday at 6 p.m.) Mel Brooks has lots of fun spoofing Alfred Hitchcock (very broadly).

Gary Busey stars in "The Buddy Holly Story" (Channel 13 Saturday at 8 p.m.), a tribute to one of rock's influential forces.

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