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Published: Friday, July 11, 2003It's a heroic week for movies on TV
By Robert Horton
Herald Movie Critic
All manner of heroes populate the movies on TV this week: Zorro, James Bond and that martini-swilling detective couple Nick and Nora Charles.
"The Man Who Would Be King," 7 p.m., Turner Classic Movies. Off adventuring in the Middle East, and eventually discovering the dangers therein, are Sean Connery and Michael Caine, who are absolutely peerless in John Huston's smashing adaptation of a Rudyard Kipling yarn. 1975.
"What's Eating Gilbert Grape," 5 p.m., Family. Johnny Depp, currently having a grand time in "Pirates of the Caribbean," gives a more subdued performance in this slice-of-life Midwestern; Leonardo Di Caprio is the one acting up a storm. 1993.
"The Thin Man," 9 p.m., Channel 9. A Dashiell Hammett novel inspired this delightful comedy-mystery, with William Powell and Myrna Loy conveying a sense of pleasure rare in movie marrieds. Check out the young Jimmy Stewart in a supporting role. 1934.
"Predator," 1 p.m., Channel 13. "T3" has temporarily returned Arnold Schwarzenegger to his pumped-up heights, represented here by a well-paced action yarn set in the South American jungle. 1987.
"The Mask of Zorro," 8:30 p.m., Channel 7. A silly but fun go-round for the Zorro franchise, with Antonio Banderas and Anthony Hopkins both playing the masked man. The movie turned Catherine Zeta-Jones into a star -- you will understand why. 1998.
"The Winslow Boy," 1:15 p.m., American Movie Classics. A really absorbing look at an English family in 1910, and a father's insistence on clearing his son's name. Directed with cool control by David Mamet, sharply acted by Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam, et al. 1999.
"High Fidelity," 8 p.m., Comedy Central. Lovesick slacker John Cusack moons about his bumpy romantic history, while customers at his used-record store are terrorized by his clerk (Jack Black). 2000.
"Gridlock'd," 8 p.m., BET. Offbeat character study about two addicts (Tupac Shakur, Tim Roth) who mean to get cleaned up, if only they can wade through the bureaucracy in the way. 1997.
"X-Men," 8 p.m., FX. The sequel couldn't match this film's smart humor and fine repartee; especially appealing is newcomer Hugh Jackman as the perpetually irritated Wolverine. 2000.
"For Your Eyes Only," 7 p.m., TNN. One of the better Roger Moore outings as 007, decorated by some fantastic stunt sequences and a less-bloated style of filmmaking. 1981.
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