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January 11, 1998|Kevin Thomas

In The Fugitive (NBC Sunday at 8:30 p.m.) Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) never stops to catch his breath, and neither would you if fearsome U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard (best supporting actor Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones) was on your trail. A crisp and jolting 1993 melodrama that screws the tension pitilessly tight, director Andrew Davis' super-adrenalized version of the old TV show about the innocent man simultaneously fleeing the law and trying to find his wife's murderer.

What keeps things interesting in Internal Affairs (KTLA Tuesday at 8 p.m.), a shallow, nervous 1990 cop thriller, are its two leads: Richard Gere, as a sexy bad cop and Andy Garcia as an internal affairs investigator so obsessed with Gere he begins to take on his personality. With William Baldwin.

If you don't take it too seriously the 1995 To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (Fox Tuesday at 8 p.m.) can be amusing as a trio of drag queens (Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo) work their special magic upon the citizens of a drab small town.

In White Men Can't Jump (TBS Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 7:05 p.m.) Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes, charming and believably athletic, are the Laurel and Hardy of the half-court game, a couple of champs at pickup basketball. Graced with good-humored comic energy, they turn Ron Shelton's 1992 film into a sassy and profane urban fairy tale that finds laughs in some very clever places. With Rosie Perez.

Miami Blues (KTLA Thursday at 8 p.m.), George Armitage's violent, dippy 1990 joy ride, derived from Charles Willeford's smart, nasty 1984 crime novel, stars Alec Baldwin as a jailbird posing as a lawman in sun-drenched modern Miami. Fred Ward plays the cop whose credentials Baldwin purloins. Jennifer Jason Leigh gives a touching performance as a sweet, dim hooker.

Writer-director Percy Adlon's Salmonberries (Bravo Friday at 7 p.m. and midnight) is a quirky, poignant 1991 romantic comedy about an unlikely love affair in an Alaskan village between a 20-year-old female foundling (k.d. lang) and a displaced librarian (Rosel Zech) from West Germany.

Glory (KTLA Friday at 8 p.m.) is a stirring Civil War epic made fresh by its focus on the often overlooked and decisive role blacks played in winning the war for the North. With Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman.

Lonely Are the Brave (KCET Saturday at 9 p.m.) is an absorbing--but pretentious--1962 western about a rebellious cowboy (Kirk Douglas), who is pursued by a relentless possee. Gena Rowlands and Walter Matthau co-star.

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