Letters to Juliet, Rush Hour, Build My Gallows High: films on TV today

Amanda Seyfried makes gooey eyes, Jackie Chan makes with the chop-socky, and Robert Mitchum makes quite an entrance in his movie debut: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Letters to Juliet ★★★★
6.45-9.00pm Film Four 

This saccharine, implausible but handsome romance is mostly set in Italy, but begins in New York, where the likeable Amanda Seyfried plays a fact-checker at The New Yorker. This is apt, as the unfolding story is inspired by the sort of real-life phenomenon that would make for a quirky article in that publication: the lovelorn “letters to Juliet” left at the fictional Shakespearean heroine’s address in Verona. On a “pre-honeymoon” with her distracted restaurateur fiancé (an impish Gael García Bernal), Seyfried finds one of these letters that was written in 1957, contacts its author (Vanessa Redgrave) and vows to reunite her with her lost lover (Franco Nero). Redgrave brings along her hunky lawyer grandson (Home & Away’s Christopher Egan) and… you can probably guess the rest. Gary Winick’s film is a love letter to Italy itself, drinking in the country’s sun-kissed plains and narrow, balconied streets. Sadly, it proved a picturesque epitaph, as Winick died, aged 49, after completing it. 


Build My Gallows High ★★★★★

1.10-3.05pm Movies4Men 

Robert Mitchum at his most languid and Kirk Douglas at his most sinister square off over a dame and a whole load of missing dollars in this dark, smouldering and absolutely classic film noir.     


Layer Cake ★★★

9.00-11.10pm Movie Mix 

Before he was Bond, Daniel Craig made a big impression in this polished thriller, playing a London gangster and ruthless social climber. Didn’t do director Matthew Vaughn any harm, too, as he’s gone on to rack up the big bucks with X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: the Secret Service.     


The Anderson Tapes ★★★

9.00-11.00pm Movies4Men 

Happy birthday Sean Connery – 85 today. This Sidney Lumet heist thriller is showing in a double bill with Robin and Marian, showing two sides of the great Scot.


Rush Hour ★★★★

10.00pm-12.05am ITV2 

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Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan and cocky American comedian Chris Tucker are the unlikely cop buddies dealing with an international kidnapping in this fun and frenetic martial arts action comedy.    


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