Poltergeist, Waterworld, Beverly Hills Cop: films on TV today

TV gets a little too reality for one family, Kevin Costner is a bit of a drip, and Eddie Murphy's motor mouthing to California: the Radio Times team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

BARRY NORMAN: FILM OF THE DAY 
Poltergeist ★★★★
9.00-11.15pm 5★ 

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The most memorable moment in this classic Steven Spielberg/Tobe Hooper horror flick is six-year-old Heather O’Rourke’s cry of: “They’re heeere!” as the poltergeists make their presence felt. The setting is the California home of the Freeling family — Craig T Nelson, JoBeth Williams and three kids, notably O’Rourke. Here all manner of weird things manifest themselves: there’s a tree that can kill, malevolent spirits inhabit the TV set, a demon lurks in a wardrobe and O’Rourke is snatched away to another spectral plane by the deeply reluctant and seriously cheesed off dead. This is good, creepy stuff, which led to two sequels and a current, quite unnecessary remake. Tragically, however, the gifted little O’Rourke died six years after the film was made.


Tracker ★★★
6.55-9.00pm Movies4Men

An unlikely bond forms between a Boer War veteran and a Maori sailor on a murder charge in this action tale starring Ray Winstone.


Waterworld ★★★★
9.00-11.40pm ITV4 

Extravagant spectacle courtesy of Kevin Costner, who plays a loner who has adapted to the new (very wet) world, since the polar ice caps have melted.


Beverly Hills Cop ★★★★
11.00pm-1.05am Film Four 

Streetwise and suitably sweary law enforcement officer Eddie Murphy goes in search of the men who killed his friend.


The Broken Circle Breakdown ★★★
PREMIERE  1.05-3.25am Film Four

 Love and heartache for a singer and tattoo artist in this moody and emotional Flemish drama.


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