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Prime-Time Flicks

April 25, 1993|Kevin Thomas

Written and directed for Clint Eastwood, the ambitious 1984 Tightrope (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.) explores the darker side of Eastwood's New Orleans homicide detective who is overcome with sexual fantasies as he tracks down an elusive killer-rapist.

The Seventh Sign (KTLA Monday at 8 p.m.), a heavy-breathing, lightheaded 1988 supernatural thriller, envisions a chic apocalypse that culminates in: the pregnancy of a Venice Beach woman (Demi Moore), a race to prevent an execution and, finally, no less than the second coming of Christ.

Revenge of the Nerds (KTTV Monday at 8 p.m.) is a delicious, gratifying 1984 underdog fantasy and a raunchy, uproarious satire set in the often cruel and discriminating world of college fraternities and sororities.

Cat's Eye (KTLA Tuesday at 8 p.m.), a handsome 1985 film, is made up of three Stephen King tales linked by the wanderings of an exceptionally intelligent and intrepid alley cat.

The Color of Money (KTLA Thursday at 8 p.m.), Martin Scorsese's 1986 sequel to "The Hustler," teams seasoned Paul Newman with brash contender Tom Cruise for a pool table championship. A terrific in-the-American-grain movie--until its inexplicably miscalculated finish.

Director Ridley Scott's 1987 Someone to Watch Over Me (KCOP Friday at 8 p.m.), about a Brooklyn cop (Tom Berenger) falling for a Manhattan high-society beauty (Mimi Rogers) he's been assigned to guard, has a great look and mood but stumbles awkwardly at the finish.

Warren Beatty's Heaven Can Wait (KCOP Saturday at 8 p.m.), a deliciously sophisticated update of the 1941 fantasy "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," preserves the lyrical optimism of the original. Beatty produced, co-wrote (with Elaine May) and co-directed (with Buck Henry) this 1978 release in which he stars as a pro football quarterback whose death is untimely and who gets two more tries at earthly pleasure.

Harlan County U.S.A (KCET Saturday at 9 p.m.) is Barbara Kopple's thoroughly remarkable Oscar-winning 1976 documentary of a long and bloody Kentucky miners' strike that cuts to the heart of a national disgrace.

Who Killed Vincent Chin? (KCET Saturday at 10:45 p.m.), Christine Choy's chilling and skillful Oscar-nominated 1988 documentary probes the murder of a Chinese-American auto worker on the eve of his marriage.

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