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October 21, 1990|KEVIN THOMAS

Director Robert Redford turned Judith Guest's Ordinary People (Channel 13 Sunday at 1:30 p.m.) into an extraordinary 1980 film in this compassionate study of the WASP mentality, in which a wealthy suburban Chicago family attempts to smooth over its deep fissures. With Timothy Hutton, Donald Sutherland, Mary Tyler Moore and Judd Hirsch.

Angela Lansbury stars in the new TV movie The Love She Sought (NBC Sunday at 8 p.m.) as a Midwestern spinster schoolteacher who receives as a retirement gift a trip to Ireland, where she will be able to meet the man (Denholm Elliott) with whom she has long corresponded but never met.

The Bride in Black (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.), a new TV movie, stars Susan Lucci as a bride whose husband is gunned down on their wedding day.

The approach of Halloween inevitably signals the return of such grisly horror staples as A Nightmare on Elm Street (Channel 11 Monday at 8 p.m.)--its first sequel screens Tuesday, same time and channel--and Halloween II (Channel 13 Monday at 8 p.m.).

Extreme Close-Up (NBC Monday at 9 p.m.), a new TV movie, stars Blair Brown and Craig T. Nelson in a drama in which a teen-ager makes a shocking discovery as he watches home videos after his mother's death.

What makes the famous 1949 Raoul Walsh gangster film White Heat (Channel 5 Monday at 2 a.m.) a classic is its crackling tension that derives from Walsh's breakneck pace and the developing psychological complexity of James Cagney's Cody Jarrett. With Virginia Mayo, Steve Cochran and Edmond O'Brien.

Bob Swaim's Masquerade (Channel 5 Wednesday at 8 p.m., again on Saturday at 6 p.m.) is a sleek 1988 romantic thriller about life among the very rich and marked by Meg Tilly's performance as a cripplingly rich young heiress gradually emerging from a cocoon of shyness.

The Image (Channel 13 Thursday at 8 p.m.), a perversely entertaining HBO movie that first aired last January, offers a nasty but intriguingly look at the world of TV newscasters. Albert Finney stars.

Off the Minnesota Strip (Channel 13 Friday at 8 p.m.) is a notable 1980 TV movie, directed by Lamont Johnson and starring Mare Winningham as a teen-age runaway who tries to return home after ending up as a Manhattan prostitute.

Ira Wohl's Oscar-winning 1980 documentary Best Boy (Channel 28 Friday at 11 p.m.) depicts with the utmost love and sensitivity the gradual and painful process of Wohl's middle-aged retarded cousin leaving home at last.

Oxford Blues (Channel 5 Saturday at 8 p.m.) is a so-so reworking of the 1938 "A Yank at Oxford," with Rob Lowe playing a brash American getting his comeuppance in Britain's hallowed halls of academe.

Sam Marlowe, Private Eye (Channel 13 Saturday at 8 p.m.), also known as "The Man With Bogart's Face," stars the talented Humphrey Bogart look-alike Robert Sacchi in a spoof of vintage plot-heavy mysteries that is marred by a lack of style and pace.

All About Eve, one of Bette Davis' best, returns on Channel 28 Saturday at 9 p.m.

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