The African Queen, Arbitrage, The Dirty Dozen, Tango & Cash, Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies: films on TV today

Unlikely double-acts and a dozen rebel soldiers: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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ANDREW COLLINS:  FILM OF THE DAY 
The African Queen ★★★★★
12.35-2.40pm Film4

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One of my favourites, and possibly one of yours if you love 1950s Technicolor adventures, The African Queen is set in occupied East Africa at the start of the First World War, where Oscar-winning Humphrey Bogart’s boozy mariner and Katharine Hepburn’s prim British missionary brave the perils of the river by steamboat in a bid to take on the Germans. It was directed by the hands-on John Huston, and much of the action was actually shot on location in Uganda and Congo (the hair-raising story of the film’s making is worth hearing from the point of view of cinematographer Jack Cardiff: read his memoir The Magic Hour or seek out his DVD commentary). But the real draw here is seeing two Hollywood giants creating dramatic sparks.


Arbitrage ★★★★
9.00-11.10pm Film4 

Richard Gere is on the money as a slick hedge-fund mogul, who finds his glittering world begin to implode when a bloody error puts his fortune and his liberty on the line.     


The Dirty Dozen ★★★★
9.00pm-12 midnight Spike 

Lee Marvin leads a dangerous mission into Nazi territory, but rather than elite soliders, his squad is comprised of vicious criminals — including Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes and Donald Sutherland.    


Tango & Cash ★★★
10.00pm-12 midnight Dave 

You’ve got to love the 80s when you get a mismatched-cop movie teaming Sylvester Stallone (as a suave LA detective) with Kurt Russell (as his thuggish police rival). Their aim, apart from not killing each other, is to clear themselves of murder. Of course, Jack Palance’s nefarious nogoodnik is behind their plight.    


 Harold & Kumar Get the Munchies ★★★
10.50pm-12.35am ITV2 

Dude, where’s the remote? This comedy about a couple of stoners on a quest for a good burger is surprisingly good, throwaway entertainment – even for right-minded people.    


  

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