BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Presumed Innocent ★★★★
In this legal thriller, prosecuting attorney Harrison Ford is accused of the brutal sex murder of Greta Scacchi, his ex-lover/colleague. Heroic Harrison Ford, who recently made a perfect crash-landing in a damaged plane? Unbelievable! Initially, he is appointed to investigate the murder himself but soon the evidence stacks up against him. Ah, but this is a complex story adapted from Scott Turow’s novel and as Ford fights to clear his name and the plot twists and turns, it becomes evident that there’s a lot of nasty corruption going on. The result is a nicely gripping courtroom drama. Ford is on good form and a strong supporting cast includes Brian Dennehy and Bonnie Bedelia as Ford’s sorely put-upon wife.
The Quiller Memorandum ★★★★
Harold Pinter scripted this terrific thriller based on a novel by Adam Hall. George Segal is the eponymous Quiller, an agent in 1960s Berlin on the hunt for a neo-Nazi group. Alex Guinness and Max von Sydow as always provide wonderful support.
6.30-9.00pm Movie Mix
Kids today will probably find the effects in this fantasy adventure a bit tame to say the least, but it’s still an entertaining if rather unoriginal tale of a prince on a quest to save a beautiful princess. Ken Marshall is suitably square-jawed as the regal saviour and princess Lysette Anthony’s hair screams 1980s even though this is meant to be a distant planet in a different time.
Jeepers Creepers ★★★★
10.50pm-12.45am Horror Channel
Will these teens never learn? Stick to highway. Don’t go exploring the old mine/old house, and especially don’t go snooping around when you see a strange character loading something dodgy into the boot of a car. Brother and sister Gina Philips and Justin Long get much more than they bargained for in this superior chiller that contains oodles of gore.
The Look of Love ★★★★
11.15pm-1.20am Film Four
Steve Coogan stars in the story of “adult entertainment” mogul Paul Raymond, who became known as the King of Soho despite sporting the world’s dodgiest comb-over and a tash that wouldn’t look out of place on a porn star — male porn star that is, although whatever grabs you I suppose. There’s acres of flesh, but it’s a story with a great feel for period and is often very moving.
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