Friday 22 September 2017

Film Highlights Sunday

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

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Film4, 10.50pm

Roman Polanski originally wanted a girl-next-door type like Tuesday Weld or his then-wife Sharon Tate to star in his groundbreaking horror film as Rosemary, the dewy-eyed young bride who becomes embroiled in a Satanic plot after moving into a New York apartment building. But the studio insisted on someone better known, and although Mia Farrow's (above, with John Cassavettes) box office track record was unproven at that point, she was very famous thanks to her marriage to Frank Sinatra and recurring role in the soap opera Peyton Place.

She turned out to be very good in the role, but when Frank Sinatra found out she'd been cast he was furious, having insisted she give up her career to marry him. He served her with divorce papers midway through the shoot, but Farrow ploughed on.

Flight of the Doves (1971)

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RTE One, 2,10pm

Children's adventure shot in Ireland, starring Ron Moody as the evil guardian of two unhappy children who follows them remorselessly when they run away from their Liverpool home and catch a ferry across the Irish Sea. With Jack Wild.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

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Channel 4, 3.20pm

Things get messy when Kirk, Spock and McCoy are recalled from vacation to help resolve an interplanetary crisis. An unhinged Vulcan has kidnapped a group of Klingons and Romulans on a remote and distant planet. William Shatner directs and stars.

Grease (1978)

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Channel 4, 5.50pm

Effervessent and hugely enjoyable 1970s musical based on the stage show of the same name. Starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travola as a good girl and bad boy respectively who become unlikely lovers in a kind of idealised 1950s America. Stockard Channing is wonderful as the salty Rizzo.

The Shining (1980)

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RTE Two, 9.00pm

Stanley Kubrick didn't make ordinary films, and he completely revitalised the horror genre with this extraordinary movie loosely based on a book by Stephen King. Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, a would-be writer who takes a job as caretaker at a remote Rocky Mountain hotel and, during a long winter, begins to lose it in a major way.

Death Wish (1973)

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Sky Movies Action, 12.15am

Michael Winner's revenge drama was a big hit in the early 1970s, and stars Charles Bronson as an architect who is devastated when his wife is attacked and killed by burglars. And when the police shrug their shoulders about catching the killers he decides to take the law into his own hands.

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