BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade ★★★★★
The third and, after Raiders of the Lost Ark, the best in Steven Spielberg’s series owes much to Sean Connery as Indiana Jones Sr, father of Harrison Ford. When Senior disappears, kidnapped while in search of the Holy Grail, Junior sets out to find and rescue him. What follows will be comfortably familiar to fans of the franchise — death-defying stunts, perils faced and overcome, a toothsome female scientist (Alison Doody) with whom both Senior and Junior go to bed (though at different times, naturally) and of course the most satisfying of villains, the Nazis. Indeed, they get so close to the Nazis that at one point Hitler autographs Junior’s book. Connery, gruff, stubborn and somewhat dismissive of his son, is very convincing, though he’s only 12 years Ford’s senior. Meanwhile, Ford demands high praise. As usual he throws himself into the role with such conviction that he seems to believe all this high-flown nonsense and thus makes us believe it, too. Well, almost.
Rocky Balboa ★★★
It should have been awful but this fifth sequel to the original goes the distance. Sylvester Stallone is slower and heavier as a punchdrunk Rocky, but the score still raises the roof. And yes, there’s a training montage.
3:10 to Yuma ★★★★★
5.05-6.55pm Film Four
One of the best westerns ever made (and remade in 2007 with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale), this stars Van Heflin as a farmer who must keep outlaw Glenn Ford out of trouble until he can board the train that will take him to prison. The mind games that ensue will keep everyone guessing.
Fools Rush In ★★★
6.45-9.00pm Movie Mix
Wasp Matthew Perry (remember him?) has a one-night stand with Mexican Salma Hayek (remember her?) that results in pregnancy. The odd couple decide to make a go of things, but their families and cultural differences put several obstacles in the path of true love, in a 90s romcom that is worth seeking out.
The Human Factor ★★★
Graham Greene’s novel makes for a low-key spy drama, with Nicol Williamson superb as a thoroughly decent cove (and double agent) whose actions bring disaster.
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