Friday 15 December 2017

Film Highlights Thursday

Defiance (2008)


BBC4, 9.00pm

This drama from Edward Zwick tells the true story of the Bielski brothers, Belarussian-Jewish siblings who during the Second World War formed a group of Jewish partisans.

When the Nazis engulf the countryside around the family homestead in 1939, Tuvia (Daniel Craig, above) and Zus Bielski (Liev Schreiber) know that they will be targeted both for their Jewishness and their communist affiliations. So they take to the forest alongside their younger brothers Asael (Jamie Bell) and Aron (George McKay), with a couple of guns and no idea how they will survive the gathering winter

In the woods they find other Jewish refugees from the violence and, against Zus's wishes, Tuvia takes the strays with him and forms a small camp. Over time Tuvia's camp becomes an awe-inspiring rumour for Jews across the region.

That Touch of Mink (1962)


Channel 4, 1.15pm

Cary Grant and Doris Day star in this enjoyable romantic comedy from Delbert Mann. She is Cathy, a career woman who falls in love with the dashing Philip (Grant) when his Rolls Royce splashes her with mud. But she wants marriage while he wants a fling, which leads to all sorts of subterfuge.

The Thin Red Line (1998)


TCM, 9.00pm

Terrence Malick's evocative drama is set during the Second World War battle for Guadalcanal and stars Jim Caviezel as a soldier whose recent break on a Pacific island has left him with decidedly mixed feelings about the approaching combat.

Bronson (2009)


Film Four, 11.20pm

Tom Hardy delivers an electrifying performance in Nicolas Winding Refn's bleak and violent drama based on the true story of Michael Gordon Peterson, a bare knuckle boxer and circus strongman who became known as Britain's most violent prisoner after being arrested for taking part in a bungled 1970s post office robbery.

Celtic Pride (1996)


RTE Two, 11.45pm

Misguided comedy co-written by Judd Apatow and starring Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern as two Boston Irish sports fanatics who are so devoted to the Boston Celtics basketball team that they kidnap the star player of the opposing side the night before a big play-off. With Paul Guilfoyle.

Sea of Love (1989)


RTE One, 12.20am

Thriller starring Al Pacino as Frank Keller, a burnt-out NYPD detective whose wife left him for a colleague. The only thing that keeps him going is his work, and he becomes obsessed with stopping a serial killer who uses a newspaper dating column to lure victims. With Ellen Barkin.

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