High Noon, The Dead Zone, Raising Arizona: films on TV today

Gary Cooper has a date with fate, Christopher Walken gains psychic abilities, and Nic Cage struggles to go straight: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

High Noon ★★★★★
2.55-4.40pm Film4 


I’m hardly going out on a critical limb in naming writer Carl Foreman and director Fred Zinnemann’s 1952 classic as one of the western genre’s high-water marks. Told in real time, and in elegant, stark black and white, and eschewing many of the hallmarks of the horse opera, it sees Gary Cooper’s definitively decent New Mexico marshal (or ex-marshal; he intends to settle down with new bride Grace Kelly) rounding up a posse to intercept a criminal due to arrive by train at midday. Making up in McCarthy-era symbolism what it lacks in traditional action, High Noon grips every time, and seems to please those on both the political left and right.

The Dead Zone ★★★★
9.00-11.00pm Horror Channel 

David Cronenberg directing Christopher Walken in a Stephen King tale about a man who is able to see into the future? This is seriously good horror for non-horror fans.    

The Krays ★★★★
10.00pm-12.25am ITV4 

With Tom Hardy in cinemas giving us his Ronnie and Reggie in Legend, here’s a reminder of what he’s got to beat – the Kemp brothers in their finest cinematic hour.     

Tango & Cash ★★★
11.00pm-1.00am Dave 

Mismatched-cop movies don’t come more daftly enjoyable than this teaming of Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell. The plot sees them trying to clear themselves of a murder charge – if they don’t kill each other first.

Raising Arizona ★★★★
11.00pm-12.55am Movie Mix 

Nicolas Cage’s off-beam acting style is perfectly suited to this crazy romp from the Coen brothers, in which he and spouse Holly Hunter start a family – by stealing a baby.


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