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Prime-Time Flicks

August 28, 1994|Kevin Thomas

Victim of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.), a 1993 TV movie, is based on the true story of a couple who turned to "Unsolved Mysteries" audiences for help in convicting their son-in-law (Dwight Schultz) in the murder of their daughter.

The 14th James Bond adventure, 1985's A View to Kill (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.) is a so-so affair, with Roger Moore beginning to look a little weary in his last outing as OO7. Christopher Walken plays the villain who wants to destroy Silicon Valley.

The 1990 Fire Birds (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.) wastes Nicolas Cage and Tommy Lee Jones in a lean, mean but empty tale of an attempt to break up South American drug trafficking via the U.S. Army's Apache attack helicopters.

Eyes of a Witness (CBS Friday at 9 p.m.) is an embarrassingly shallow 1991 TV adventure movie starring Daniel J. Travanti and Jennifer Grey as an estranged father and daughter battling poachers in East Africa.

The 1987 Back to the Beach (KCOP Saturday at 4 p.m.) imagines that the Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon of all those "Beach Party" movies of the '60s got married and settled down in Ohio. There, Frankie has become a workaholic car salesman and Annette a model housewife and mother. What gets them back to Malibu after more than 20 years is a visit to their daughter (Lori Loughlin). What's surprising is that the film is deft and funny, nostalgic without being embarrassing.

Phillip Noyce's 1989 thriller Dead Calm (KCOP Saturday at 6 p.m.) is a spare, smart, seductive piece of filmmaking with (almost) every loophole covered. It offers enough tension to keep viewers hyperventilating for hours. Sam Neill and Nicole Kidman, recovering from the death of their child, are on an extended South Pacific voyage when they cross paths with an insane Billy Zane.

KCET on Saturday is screening the evergreen Yankee Doodle Dandy with James Cagney as show biz legend George M. Cohan (8 p.m.), and the obscure but intriguing 1933 Lady Killer (11 p.m.), in which Cagney plays a gangster who becomes a movie star. Airing in between the two movies is a Michael J. Fox-hosted retrospective on Cagney.

In the 1990 Back to the Future, Part III (NBC Saturday at 8:30 p.m.), Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels back to the Old West, circa 1885, to try to rescue Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) before he's shot in the back.

The mediocre 1989 Far From Home (ABC Saturday at 9 p.m.) is notable only as Drew Barrymore's first movie as a teen-ager, playing a girl targeted by a stalker.

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