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November 04, 1990

The Fabulous Baker Boys (Cinemax Sunday at 9 p.m., Monday at 3 a.m., Tuesday at 10 p.m., Friday at 11 p.m.), Steve Kloves' clear-eyed look at the unpromising end of show biz, is as salty and sexy and unhousebroken a movie as you could hope to find--and one of the most enjoyable American pictures in recent years. Jeff and Beau Bridges have the title roles as a stale piano-lounge act resuscitated by sultry new singer Michelle Pfeiffer.

Gorillas in the Mist (TMC Tuesday at 4:30 a.m.) This 1988 film has everything you could ask for in an adventure picture--exotic locales, romance, danger and, finally, tragedy. The film illuminates an extraordinary and unprecedented communication between a human being and the world's largest primates. At its center is an absolutely stunning performance by Sigourney Weaver as the heroic and controversial primatologist Dian Fossey.

Public Enemy (Channel 5 Friday at 2 a.m.) William Wellman's 1931 gangster classic made James Cagney a star. It contains one of the most famous screen moments of all--when Cagney shoves a grapefruit into Mae Clarke's face.

Mildred Pierce (Channel 28 Saturday at 9 p.m.) Joan Crawford won a well-earned Oscar as a self-made businesswoman caught in a deadly competition with her daughter, Ann Blyth, over Zachary Scott.

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