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Prime-Time Flicks

June 04, 1995|Kevin Thomas

Whoever put Mark Harmon in the title role of the 1991 TV movie Dillinger (KCOP Sunday at 5 p.m.) and Will Patton as fevered G-man Melvin Purvis ought to be forced to watch the show. The best thing about it is Helen Butler's costumes.

North Shore (KTLA Sunday at 6 p.m.) is a likable 1987 rite-of-passage teen movie set in an Hawaiian surf mecca and starring Matt Adler, Nia Peeples and Gregory Harrison.

Dick Tracy (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.), Warren Beatty's 1990 summer blockbuster, is brash, irresistible fun, made with enormous style. Beatty stars as well as directs, with an unrecognizable Al Pacino as his key nemesis.

Something Wild (KTLA Monday at 8 p.m.) is one of Jonathan Demme's best. This 1986 romantic comedy-adventure shows off the director's eye for the dark cloud behind every silver lining. Jeff Daniels plays a nice yuppie lassoed by free-spirited Melanie Griffith, while Ray Liotta portrays the unforgettable menace on their trial.

Sadly, the 1994 TV movie Hostage for a Day (KTTV Tuesday at 8 p.m.) didn't mark a promising directorial debut for the late John Candy. This story of a terminally harried, lovable lug (George Wendt) who decides to fulfill his dream of heading for Alaska comes closer to the cheap laughs of Candy's worst movies than the knowing seasons of his great "SCTV" days.

The destruction of the Brazilian rain forest has become such a key symbol of ecological waste that there seems something forced about the premise in the 1992 Medicine Man (KTLA Thursday at 8 p.m.). Sean Connery, looking like a cross between the Ginger Man and Tarzan, is fun as a pharmaceutical hermit; Lorraine Bracco is a little shrieky as his partner-antagonist, and director John McTiernan makes the trees look gorgeous.

In the seductively entertaining 1990 Reversal of Fortune (KCOP Friday at 8 p.m.), writer Nicholas Kazan and director Babet Schroeder shrewdly chose to treat the question of whether or not Claus Von Bulow (an Oscar-winning Jeremy Irons) was guilty of trying to murder his heiress wife (Glenn Close, icily splendid) as a tragicomedy of manners.

The Wild Bunch (KCOP Saturday at 6 p.m.), Sam Peckinpah's brilliant, controversial 1969 commentary on violence, finds William Holden leading a bunch of border ruffians operating in South Texas and Mexico, circa 1913; it is followed at 8 p.m. by the wacky 1965 comedy-Western Cat Ballou, with an Oscar-winning Lee Marvin and Jane Fonda.

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