Gangs of New York, DOA, The Full Monty, films on TV today

DiCaprio takes on Day-Lewis, Dennis Quaid seeks his own killer, and Robert Carlyle and crew strip to save their dignity: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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BARRY NORMAN:  FILM OF THE DAY
Gangs of New York  ★★★

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10.00-1.15am ITV4
 
This was the first collaboration between director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, and might be seen as the film in which the latter fully came of age as a grown-up movie star. It’s a violent tale, based on fact, about gang warfare between native-born Americans and Irish immigrants in 19th-century New York. Beginning in 1846 with a battle between the Americans, led by Daniel Day-Lewis, and Liam Neeson’s Irish Catholics, it sees Neeson killed. Years later his son, DiCaprio, released from reform school, seeks vengeance. What develops is a sweeping, absorbing story of savage turmoil and corrupt politics. Splendid performances from Day-Lewis and a very impressive DiCaprio with fine support from the likes of Jim Broadbent and Cameron Diaz.


DOA  ★★★★


11.45pm-1.20am BBC1
A cracking update of the classic 1940s film noir, with Dennis Quaid on great form as the man accused of murder and on a countdown to find the real culprit.  


The Full Monty  ★★★★★


9.00-10.55pm Movie Mix
 
Awards were thrown in appreciation of the stripping steelworkers who populate this surprisingly tender and funny social drama.    


Frank  ★★★★ 


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10.40pm-12.35am Film Four
This very loose portrait of cult indie musician Frank Sidebottom through the eyes of a newcomer to his band (Domhnall Gleeson) is a strange and delightful ode to artistic expression. 


Universal Soldier  ★★★ 


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11.00pm-1.00am Spike
Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme go mano a mano in this sci-fi action that’s part Terminator, part RoboCop. You want action – you got it.