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Film Highlights Friday

Borat (2006)


Channel 4, 12.20am

Sacha Baron Cohen became an international star overnight with this brilliant 2006 satire. Before it was even released, 'Borat' caused a storm of controversy, being banned in most Arab countries, causing outrage in Kazakhstan and being accused of racism, homophobia and just about every other politically correct sin you can think of.

Cohen plays Borat Sagdiyev, a popular Kazakhstani TV personality who embarks on the trip of a lifetime when he goes to the "US and A" to make a documentary. In his journey across America, Borat manages to offend and outrage just about everyone he meets, and the reactions to his attitudes are as funny as anything he does himself.

Cohen's film is not for the easily offended but it is extremely funny, and is much better than anything he's managed since.

Invitation to a Gunfighter (1964)


TCM, 4.50pm

Sixties western starring a young George Segal as a confederate soldier who returns home to find his town in the hands of a criminal gang. He hires the flamboyant gunfighter Jules Gaspard d'Estaing to help him, but his methods soon cause harm.

A History of Violence (2005)


RTE Two, 9.00pm

Viggo Mortensen stars in David Cronenberg's thriller as Tom Stall, the mild-mannered owner of a smalltown diner who reveals a hidden past as a tough criminal when he tackles and kills two men who threaten the customers in his restaurant.

Broken Arrow (1950)


TG4, 9.35pm

James Stewart stars in this lively western that was ahead of its time in its sympathetic portrayal of Native Americans. Stewart is Tom Jeffords, a gold prospector in 1870s Arizona who grows tired of tit-for-tat killings and goes to the legendary Apache leader Cochise to try and negotiate a truce.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)


BBC2, 11.05pm

Jack Nicholson delivers one of the most charismatic performances in cinema history in Milos Forman's multi-Oscar-winning drama. Nicholson is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a petty criminal who sets the cat among the pigeons when he fakes insanity in order to get transferred from prison to an asylum.

Chocolat (2000)


RTE One, 11.55pm

Lasse Hallstrom's sugary romance stars Juliette Binoche as Vianne Rocher, a young mother who arrives in a southern French village in 1959 and decides to open a chocolaterie. She enrages the priest by doing so during Lent, but her magnificent chocolate creations soon change the locals' lives.

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