Back to the Future Part III, Jagged Edge, Crossfire: films on TV today

A rousing finale to the BTTF series, a gritty 1980s thriller and a classic 1947 film noir with a dark undertow: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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BARRY NORMAN:  FILM OF THE DAY 

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Back to the Future Part III ★★★★
11.05pm-1.05am ITV 

This is the one in which Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd), inventor of the DeLorean time-travelling machine, has gone back to the Wild West in 1855. He reveals this to our hero Marty McFly (Michael J Fox, who turned 55 yesterday) in a letter, which has taken 100 years to arrive. By then Marty knows, though Doc doesn’t, that the old boy will be murdered out there. So Marty, too, returns to 1855 to save him. There he meets his own ancestors and the forefather of Biff Tannen (Thomas J Wilson), familiar from the first two episodes, who is just as nasty as his bullying 20th century descendant. Before all is resolved, there’s plenty of action and Doc falls in love with Clara (Mary Steenburgen). The film, directed by Robert Zemeckis, is not quite in the same class as its predecessors, partly because it seems to lose interest in the time-travel elements and become more of a spoof western. But it’s good fun all the same. 


Jagged Edge ★★★★

12.10-1.55am BBC1 

Lawyer Glenn Close falls for smooth, handsome and rich murder suspect Jeff Bridges. Is it because she believes he’s innocent or has she lost her head? A cracking thriller from the pen of Joe Eszterhas.   


Crossfire ★★★★

9.00-10.55pm Movie Mix 

Film noir at its bleakest, with Robert Young and Robert Mitchum as a duo investigating a case of man beaten to death, possibly by a quartet of demob-happy GIs. Robert Ryan and Gloria Grahame round out a great cast.  


Hannibal ★★★

10.00pm-12.45am 5STAR 

Anthony Hopkins serves up a second helping of Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter while Julianne Moore plays Clarice Starling in a lip-smacking sequel that’s particularly upsetting if you’re a big fan of Ray Liotta.   


First Blood ★★★

11.15pm-1.20am ITV4 

Rambo starts here, with one of the most iconic roles of Sylvester Stallone’s career, as the Vietnam veteran who’s not going to take it any more.     


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