Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

Prime-Time Flicks

July 03, 1994|Kevin Thomas

Glory (CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.) is an eloquent, heart-tugging 1989 Civil War epic about the first black infantry regiment to march off to battle for the Union. As epic as it is, it would seem old-fashioned in its unabashedly sentimental conflict between good and evil without its fresh focus on the role of black soldiers in the Civil War. Under the command of Matthew Broderick they include Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and most memorably, Andre Braugher.

In the Best Interest of the Children (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.), an affecting 1992 TV movie based on a true story, stars the capable Sarah Jessica Parker as an abusive, mentally ill woman and the gifted Lexi Randall as her older daughter, who wants to remain in foster care. The film is an effective plea for stronger children's rights.

Stephen Frears' deft 1988 version of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," Dangerous Liaisons (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.) reveals that the book that scandalized the French in the late 18th Century has kept every bit of its ability to shock two centuries later. The forms of sexual deceit, treachery and betrayal that Choderlos de Laclos dreamed up in 1792 do perfectly well today. The practiced adversaries are the formidable Glenn Close and John Malkovich, once lovers; the instrument of their nasty games is an exquisite, virtuous Michelle Pfeiffer.

The 1990 TV movie She Said No (NBC Monday at 9 p.m.), a courtroom drama, is yet another picture dedicated to the proposition that, however heinous the sexual assault, there's no rape quite like a follow-up via the legal system. Unfortunately, the great stroke of casting Judd Hirsch as a casual date-rapist who's also a slick attorney is undercut by a lack in writing in the sluggish courtroom sequences. With Veronica Hamel and Lee Grant.

The 1991 TV-movie remake of Robert Aldrich's 1962 Hollywood horror classic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.) isn't remotely the equal of the old, but the scenes Lynn Redgrave (in the blowzy Bette Davis role) and Vanessa Redgrave (in the noble Joan Crawford part) have show a spontaneity, sensitivity, exact judgment and utterly unselfish interplay.

Honor Thy Mother (CBS Tuesday at 9 p.m.), a fascinating 1992 TV movie, the first of two television productions--the second was the lesser "Cruel Doubt"--on the bizarre Von Stein murder case in which a college student (William McNamara) plots the murder of his mother (Sharon Gless) and stepfather.

Michael Ritchie's Wildcats (KCOP Thursday at 8 p.m.) is a good-natured but superficial 1986 comedy--a sort of "Bad News Bears Goes to the Ghetto"--about a spunky female football coach (Goldie Hawn) who strives for recognition while taming a delinquent gang of inner-city youths.

Advertisement
Los Angeles Times Articles
|
|
|