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Prime-Time Flicks

November 10, 1996|Kevin Thomas

Deftly written by Richard Curtis and directed by the versatile Mike Newell, the 1994 Four Weddings and a Funeral (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.), breezily follows a small circle of friends through every one of the events that the title promises. Three couples make up the core group, but one of them (Hugh Grant and Charlotte Coleman) are good friends rather than passion's playmates. At the film's first wedding, Grant catches a glimpse of an American (Andie MacDowell) and becomes smitten. Grant's self-confident performance anchors the romantic comedy in good spirits, and the film emerges as a tasty, sophisticated romp.

Gone with the Wind (Part 1, KTLA Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m.; Part 2, Thursday at 8 p.m.), David O. Selznick's glorious 1939 film of Margaret Mitchell's fiery Civil War-Reconstruction epic. still stands as Hollywood's greatest popular screen epic. Starring Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. With Leslie Howard as Ashley and Olivia de Havilland as Melanie plus Thomas Mitchell, Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen, Laura Hope Crews and a cast of thousands.

Willow (KTLA Friday at 7:30 p.m.), a lively 1988 adventure-fantasy written by George Lucas and directed by Ron Howard, finds a little person (Warwick Davis) guiding an abandoned child to its destiny; Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley and Jean Marsh star.

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