The Fugitive, The Alamo, Fools Rush In, Farewell My Lovely, Legends of the Fall: films on TV today

Ford on the run, the Duke stands firm and Hayek moves fast: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

The Fugitive ★★★★
11.00pm-1.40am ITV4 


There was a time, when this film of the 1960s American TV series arrived on video, that I could recite the whole of Tommy Lee Jones’s famous pep talk as the US marshal charged with tracking down Harrison Ford’s wrongly convicted surgeon. It starts, “All right, listen up, people,” and ends with, “Your fugitive’s name is Dr Richard Kimble — go get him.” This is one of those smart action movies that can be watched again and again. The classic, vertigo-inducing scene at the dam, the subplot about a new drug, the one-armed man; what’s not to like?

The Alamo ★★★★
12.45-4.00pm 5USA 

Even with a racoon on his head, John Wayne is an imposing presence as Davy Crockett in an epic portrayal of the landmark battle fought against Mexican troops in 1836. The Duke also directs.

Fools Rush In ★★★
1.00-3.15pm Movie Mix 

Could Matthew Perry be, like, anymore nerdy than as Chandler in Friends? Actually, yes. Still, Salma Hayek takes a shine to him, but their differences threaten to derail their relationship after she gets pregnant. Awkward…

Farewell My Lovely ★★★★★
1.05-2.55pm Movies4Men 

You can’t afford to miss this hardboiled classic, see? It grabs you by the collar and doesn’t let go. Dick Powell is the private eye Philip Marlowe. 

Legends of the Fall ★★★★
9.00-11.45pm Movie Mix 

Wallow in the sweet melancholy and softly-lit views of Montana where Brad Pitt and Julia Ormond are star-crossed lovers. Aidan Quinn plays her husband and his brother. (Ouch.)


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