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Prime-Time Flicks

September 08, 1996|Kevin Thomas

The loud and dopey 1993 Demolition Man (Fox Sunday at 8 p.m.) stars Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes as a cop and a criminal whose rivalry extends deep into the future. Stallone is the umpteenth take-no-prisoners cop who allows nothing to get in the way of his rescue of the innocent, which this time are 30 hostages.

Michael J. Fox is the right actor to play a high-powered concierge for a ritzy New York hotel. In For Love or Money (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.), he has the fast moves and all-seeing eyes that keep him right on top of his guests' every whim.

The 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (CBS Tuesday at 8 p.m.) follows a headlong race for the Holy Grail, the lifelong obsession of Indy's estranged medievalist-father (Sean Connery). Both Harrison Ford and Connery play their "I-never-told-him-I-loved-him" moments full-out and unabashedly, and they alternate them with good, acerbic, air-clearing bits of accusation and grousing.

Fred Schepisi's 1990 film of John le Carre's The Russia House (KTLA Tuesday at 8 p.m.) is an elegant but disappointingly uninvolving spy drama set in the former USSR. Sean Connery stars as a British publisher who becomes involved in espionage through a beautiful Russian woman, played by Michelle Pfeiffer with a flawless Russian accent.

In our increasingly fragile and unpredictable world the 1990 blockbuster Ghost (CBS Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.) certainly did strike a seductive chord: a lover (Patrick Swayze) from the afterlife hovering over his beloved (Demi Moore) to keep her from harm, trying to communicate the love he couldn't express for her in life. But you have to get past the notion of Swayze as a corporate New York banker, a certain woolly-mindedness in the script and a production petrified to the point of stickiness. Whoopie Goldberg did, however, walk off with a best supporting actress Oscar as an extremely reluctant spirit go-between.

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