Thursday 14 December 2017

Film Highlights Sunday

The Untouchables (1987)


Film Four, 9.00pm

Brian De Palma's rousing drama tells the true story of Eliot Ness's attempt to bring down legendary Chicago bootlegger, Al Capone.

Kevin Costner (above) plays Ness, a keen young Treasury Agent who assembles a hand-picked team to attack the notorious hoodlum. Among these are an Italian-American trainee called George Stone (Andy Garcia), who has a point to prove, and a street-smart Irish-American beat cop called Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery). Together they begin raiding Capone's storage depots to provoke him into a fight, and soon the city explodes in an orgy of tit-for-tat violence.

Connery's 'brogue' is often cited as one of the worst Irish accents, and De Niro's Capone isn't the most nuanced performance, but from start to violent finish, this film is great fun.

The Golden Compass (2007)


Channel 4, 4.00pm

In this fast-moving fantasy based on the bestselling novels of Philip Pullman, Dakota Blue Richards is Lyra Belacqua, a spirited young girl who becomes involved in a race to the Arctic to recover a magical, stolen compass. With Nicole Kidman.

Tears of the Sun (2003)


RTE Two, 9.00pm

Bruce Willis stars in this rather leaden drama as the leader of an elite group of US Navy SEALs who are sent into Nigeria to extract a politician in the aftermath of a coup but end up becoming involved in a moral dilemma with regard to the fate of a group of refugees. With Monica Bellucci.

About Elly (2009)


BBC4, 10.30pm

In Asghar Farhadi's outstanding psychological drama, a group of old university friends from Tehran embark on a weekend break at an idyllic resort on the Caspian Sea. One of them takes a friend, a quiet girl called Elly, along for the ride, and when she goes missing, old tensions between the friends begin to show.

Notes on a Scandal (2006)


BBC2, 10.55pm

In this fine drama based on a Zoe Heller novel, Judi Dench delivers a tremendous performance as a crusty old London schoolteacher who falls in love with a beautiful younger female teacher but turns vindictive when she decides she's been betrayed. With Cate Blanchett, Bill Nighy and Juno Temple.

Cal (1984)


TV3, 11.00pm

In Pat O'Connor's drama based on a story by Bernard MacLaverty, John Lynch plays a Catholic man on the fringes of the IRA who falls in love with a widowed woman whose policeman husband was murdered by him and his associates. With Helen Mirren, Ray McAnally and Tom Hickey.

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