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Prime-Time Flicks

August 23, 1992|Kevin Thomas

Jean-Claude Tramont's 1981 All Night Long (KTLA Sunday at 6 p.m.) is a wickedly irreverent fable that advocates changing everything in midstream--wife, life, the works. The man who is married to a very proper Diane Ladd is drugstore chain executive Gene Hackman, who gets buried on the late shift at one of the chain's all-night stores.

The 1968 The Producers (KCOP Sunday at 6 p.m.), Mel Brooks' first and funniest film, stars Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder as a producer and his accountant who discover that their intended flop makes too much money.

Blake Edwards' 1979 10 (KCOP Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a modern comedy classic in which Dudley Moore stars as a popular composer who, in the clutch of middle age, pursues a beautiful young bride (Bo Derek) all the way to Mexico, where she is honeymooning.

The 1991 two-part TV movie Switched at Birth (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m., concluding Monday at 9 p.m.), based on an incredible true case about the aftermath of two infant girls being mysteriously mixed up shortly after birth, the hospital giving each to the other's family. It plays like almost two separate movies, the first unbearably morose and calculating, the second a highly interesting legal study interwoven with poignancy.

A gentle fable fashioned out of the horrors of the Civil War, the 1991 TV movie The Perfect Tribute (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.) parallels Abraham Lincoln (Jason Robards) preparing to visit Gettysburg to deliver his immortal Address with a 13-year-old Southerner (Lukas Haas) attempting to reach Gettysburg to free his wounded older brother (Campbell Scott), being held in a Yankee hospital.

The Fourth Protocol (KCOP Monday at 8 p.m.), a 1987 thriller about a KGB plan to detonate a mini-atom bomb on an American air base in Britain, begins at the outside and curls its way into the center of its wildly complex plot--and in the process almost becomes a "Saturday Night Live" spoof. Michael Caine stars.

Love Among Thieves (KCOP Thursday at 8 p.m.), a fast-paced 1987 adventure that makes for pleasurable viewing, stars Audrey Hepburn (in her TV movie debut) as a concert pianist who steals a set of Faberge eggs to ransom her kidnaped fiance (Patrick Bauchau).

Zalman King's 1988 Two Moon Junction (KTLA Friday at 8 p.m.) presents its passionate love story between a rich and beautiful Southern belle (Sherilyn Fenn) and a sexy, muscular carnival roustabout (Richard Tyson) with such sexual candor that it's sure to make some viewers uncomfortable--it's also sure to have been toned down for TV.

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