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TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT 1982 100 min. Robert Urich, Meredith Baxter-Birney, Jeffrey Tambor, Jack Bannon, Claudette Nevins, Susan Peretz. Directed by David Greene. Struggling actor Urich juggles a failed marriage and a flagging career in this comedy, a change of pace for the writer-producer team of Richard Levinson and William Link. Average. A TALE OF TWO CITIES 1980 156 min. Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing, Kenneth Moore, Barry Morse, Flora Robson, Billie Whitelaw, Alice Krige. Directed Jim Goddard. Seventh filming of the Dickens classic has all the trimmings, but Sarandon can't hold a candle to Ronald Coleman as either Sydney Carton or Charles Darnay. John Gay did the script for producer Norman Rosemont, who worked his way through the literary favorites of the ages for TV. Average. TARANTULAS: THE DEADLY CARGO 1977 100 min. Claude Akins, Charles Frank, Deborah Winters, Pat Hingle, Sandy McPeak, Bert Remsen, Howard Hesseman, Tom Atkins, Charles Siebert. Directed by Stuart Hagmann. A horde of deadly tarantulas spreads terror through a small town. The would-be thriller commits the unpardonable sin of being dull. Below average. TARGET RISK 1975 78 min. Bo Svenson, Meredith Baxter, Robert Coote, Keenan Wynn, John P. Ryan, Philip Bruns. Directed by Robert Scheerer. Gem courier Svenson is pressed into pulling off a jewel heist to ransom his kidnapped girlfriend. Pilot for a series that never materialized. Average. A TASTE OF EVIL 1971 73 min. Barbara Parkins, Barbara Stanwyck, Roddy McDowall, William Windom, Arthur O'Connell, Bing Russell. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. A young woman's return from a mental institution after a traumatic rape incident predictably slides into near-total relapse: is it her imagination? The mechanical plot line should have been far, far better. Average. A TATTERED WEB 1971 73 min. Lloyd Bridges, Frank Converse, Broderick Crawford, Murray Hamilton, Sallie Shockley, Ann Helm. Directed Paul Wendkos. A good supporting cast bolsters a so-so morality play of a police detective trying to restore his dignity. Average. TELETHON 1977 100 min. Polly Bergen, Lloyd Bridges, Red Buttons, Edd Byrnes, Dick Clark, Janet Leigh, Kent McCord, David Selby, Jill St. John, Jimmie Walker, Sugar Ray Robinson. Directed by David Lowell Rich. Take any of those all-star TV disaster flicks, move it to Vegas, lay on a Jerry Lewis-style fundraiser, and you get this. Below average. TELL ME MY NAME 1977 80 min. Arthur Hill, Barbara Barrie, Barnard Hughes, Valerie Mahaffy. Directed by Delbert Mann. Weeper about a mother forced to reveal her past after being confronted by her illegitimate 19-year-old daughter. Formula soap opera for which even the fine performers cannot work up much enthusiasm. Below average. TELL ME WHERE IT HURTS 1974 78 min. Maureen Stapleton, Paul Sorvino, Doris Dowling, Fay Kanin, Rose Gregorio, John Randolph, Ayn Ruymen, Louise Latham. Directed by Paul Bogart. Unhappy homemaker Stapleton starts a discussion group with her closest friends to find new meaning. Fay Kanin's incisive script won an Emmy but the going's plodding. Average. TENAFLY 1972 100 min. James McEachin, Mel Ferrer. Ed Nelson, John Ericson, Lillian Lehman. Directed by Richard Colla. An unusual mixture of whodunit suspense narrative and slice-of-life comedy as a black private-ey investigates the death of a talk-show host's wife. Written by Richard Levinson and William Link. Average; pilot for the series. THE TENTH MONTH 1979 130 min. Carol Burnett, Keith Mitchell, Dina Merrill, Melissa Converse, Christina Raines, Richard Venture. Directed by Joan Tewkesbury. An overlong drama that addresses the question: should a middle-aged divorcee who has an affair with a married man and becomes pregnant keep and raise the child alone? Based on Laura Z. Hobson's novel about single parenthood. Average. TERRACES 1977 78 min. Lloyd Bochner, Jane Dulo, Arny Freeman, Eliza Garrett, Bill Gerber, Kit McDonough, Julie Newmar, Lola Albright. Directed by Lila Garrett. Soap opera dealing with various people sharing adjoining terraces in an expensive highrise. Below aveage. TERRIBLE JOE MORAN 1984 100 min. James Cagney, Art Carney, Ellen Barkin, Peter Gallagher, Joseph Sirola, Edward I. Koch, Floyd Patterson. Directed by Joseph Sargent. In his TV-movie debut, Cagney's a fiesty old wheelchair-bound former boxing champ, sharing his Big Apple brownstone with loyal Carney, reestablishing contact with his estranged granddaughter and discovering she's romantically involved with a guy heavily in debt to the mob. A talky but satisfying "kitchen" drama by Frank Cucci lovingly tailored to its star. Above average. TERROR AMONG US 1981 100 min. Don Meredith, Sara Purcell, Jennifer Salt, Ted Shackelford, Tracy Reed, Kim Lankford, Sharon Spelman, Rod McClary. Directed by Paul Krasny. A parole officer and a police sergeant vs. a convicted rapist who is back on the streets; looks like a leftover script from POLICE STORY. Average. TERROR AT ALCATRAZ 1982 100 min. Tom Smothers, Dick Smothers, Diana Muldaur, Mike Kellin, Lynette Mettey, Jack Albertson, Tom Ewell, Roger C. Carmel, Marc Lawrence, Elisha Cook, Titos Vandis, Katherine Baumann. Directed by Sidney Hayers. The melodramatic title masks a sitcom about two TV newsmen who get involved in a search for treasure supposedly buried on Alcatraz Island by Al Capone. This pilot for the Smothers Brothers' short-lived FITZ AND BONES series aired long after the show's demise. Average. TERROR IN THE SKY 1971 72 min. Leif Ericson, Doug McClure, Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn, Lois Nettleton. Directed by Bernard Kowalski. Pilots and several passengers on a commercial flight are felled by food poisoning; an ex-combat pilot (McClure) must land the plane. A remake of ZERO HOUR, later spoofed in AIRPLANE! Average. TERROR ON THE 40TH FLOOR 1974 100 min. John Forsythe, Anjanette Comer, Joseph Campanella, Lynn Carlin, Don Meredith, Laurie Heineman, Kelly Jean Peters, Pippa Scott. Directed by Jerry Jameson. This road company TOWERING INFERNO has a fire engulfing a skyscraper, trapping a group of people in a pethouse. Average. TERROR OUT OF THE SKY 1978 100 min. Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Tovah Felshuh, Dan Haggerty, Bruce French, Lonny Chapman, Ike Eisenmann. Directed by Lee H. Katzin. Those pesky bugs return in this sequel to THE SAVAGE BEES, with the little stingers threatening a new invasion and two bee specialists and a free-lance pilot determined to thwart it. Several notches below its predecessor. Average. THE TERRY FOX STORY 1983 97 min. Eric Fryer, Robert Duvall, Rosalind Chao, Chris Makepeace, Michael Zelniker, Elva Mai Hoover, Frank Adamson. Directed by Ralph Thomas. An inspiring, lovingly made true story of the Canadian athelete who lost a leg to cancer and then undertook a one-man fund-raising marathon across Canada. First-time actor Fryer, a real life amputee, is perfectly cast as Fox. Made-for- cable. Above average. THADDEUS ROSE AND EDDIE 1978 100 min. Johnny Cash, Diane Ladd, Bo Hopkins, June Carter Cash, James Hampton, Noble Willingham. Directed by Jack Starrett. Ho-hum comedy-drama about two irresponsible good ol' boys from Texas, and the gals they love. Marks the TV acting debuts of Johnny and June Carter Cash. Average. THEN CAME BRONSON 1969 100 min. Michael Parks, Bonnie Bedelia, Akim Tamiroff, Martin Sheen, Sheree North, Gary Merrill. Directed by William Graham. A young newspaper reporter (Parks) shook up after the suicide of a friend, buys the friend's motorcycle and sets out on a shore road journey, meeting a runaway bride (Bedelia), befriending her. A soft, somber film with a couple of OK episodes, fair performances. Above average; pilot for the series. THEY CALL IT MURDER 1971 100 min. Jim Hutton, Lloyd Bochner, Jessica Walter, Carmen Matthews, Leslie Nielsen, Jo Ann Pflug, Nita Talbot, Edward Asner, Vic Tayback. Directed by Walter Grauman. Miscasting and unimaginative dialogue abounds in this adaptation of the Erle Stanley Gardner novel THE D.A. DRAWS A CIRCLE, with D.A. Doug Selby hard pressed to link a swimming pool murder, a car crash fatality, and a large insurance claim. Average. THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT 1975 78 min. Jack Warden, Charles Ynfante, Madeline Thorton-Sherwood, Tim O'Connor, Joe Mantell, Lili Valenty, Barbara Luna. Directed by Daryl Duke. Veteran detective Warden investigates the slayings of several elderly women. A standard whodunit that served as the pilot to Warden's JIGSAW JOHN. Average. THIEF 1971 74 min. Richard Crenna, Angie Dickinson, Cameron Mitchell, Hurd Hatfield, Robert Webber. Directed by William Graham. An ex-con finds himself unable to repay his debt, must obtain a sum of money very quickly. Uneven performances in a formula drama, enlivened by crisp direction. Average. THE THIEF OF BAGHDAD 1978 100 min. Roddy McDowall, Peter Ustinov, Kabir Bedi, Frank Finlay, Marina Vlady, Terrence Stamp. Pavla Ustinov, Ian Holm. Directed by Clive Donner. More flying carpet and genie-in-the-magic-lamp fantasy in this fourth filming of the Arabian Nights adventure that's handsome enough but nowhere near the definitive 1940 version. British-French production; average. THIN ICE 1981 100 min. Kate Jackson, Lillian Gish, Gerald Prendergast, Louise Latham, Mimi Kennedy, James Greene, Barton Heyman. Directed by Paul Aaron. Widowed high-school teacher Jackson drifts into a love affair with one of her teenaged students. Gish continues a remarkable film career, playing Jackson's loving grandmother. Average. THINGS IN THEIR SEASON 1974 75 min. Patricia Neal, Ed Flanders, Marc Singer, Meg Foster, Charles Haid, Doreen Lang, Med Flory. Directed by James Goldstone. A touching, beautifully acted drama of a Wisconsin farm family, with wife-mother Neal discovering she is terminally ill with leukemia. Screenplay by John Gay. Above average. THE THIRD GIRL FROM THE LEFT 1973 74 min. Kim Novak, Tony Curtis, Michael Brandon, George Furth, Barbi Benton, Louis Guss, Michael Conrad. Directed by Peter Medak. Embarrassing, cliched dialogue all but spoils this old-fashioned melodrama featuring Novak as "the last of the chorus girl troupers," experiencing second thoughts over her impending marriage to singer Jordan (Curtis). Dory Previn wrote both the script and the music. Average. THIS GIRL FOR HIRE 1983 100 min. Bess Armstrong, Celeste Holm, Cliff De Young, Hermoine Baddeley, Scott Brady, Jose Ferrer, Howard Duff, Beverly Garland, Roddy McDowall, Percy Rodrigues, Ray Walston, Elisha Cook. Directed by Jerry Jameson. A terrific cast of veterans and saucy Bess as a lady private eye, enliven this takeoff of 40s detective flicks; our heroine investigates the murder of egotistical mystery writer Ferrer. Clever, but ultimately too cute. Average. THIS IS KATE BENNETT... 1982 78 min. Janet Eilber, David Haskell, Greg Mullavey, Kyle Richards, Granville VanDusen, James Noble, Larry Breeding, David Groh, Dick Anthony Williams. Directed by Harvey Hart. Pedestrian look at a woman juggling a career as a TV news reporter and a single parent and finding herself the prey of a sniper whose story she's chasing. Another pilot that never made it to series. Below average. THIS IS THE WEST THAT WAS 1974 78 min. Ben Murphy, Kim Darby, Jane Alexander, Matt Clark, Tony Franciosa, Stuart Margolin, Stefan Gierasch, Luke Askew. Directed by Fielder Cook. A light-hearted look at the Wild Bill Hickock-Calamity Jane-Buffalo Bill Cody legend. A Western spoof that never gets going, despite its game cast. Average. THIS MAN STANDS ALONE 1979 78 min. Louis Gossett, Jr., Clu Gulager, Mary Alice, Barry Brown, James McEachin, Lonny Chapman. Directed by Jerrold Freedman. Based on the true story of a black civil rights activist who runs for sheriff in a southern town and beats a popular segregationist. Compromised by the cardboard characterizations, despite the earnest efforts of the always-fine Gossett. Average. THIS SAVAGE LAND 1968 98 min. Barry Sullivan, Glenn Corbett, Kathryn Hays, Andrew Prine, George C. Scott, John Drew Barrymore. Directed by Vincent McEveety. A widower and his family sell their Ohio spread, head West for a new start, and ride into a town embroiled in a vigilante dispute. Excellent performances (especially Scott) in a surprisingly believable script. Above average. THIS YEAR'S BLONDE 1980 100 min. Constance Forslund, Lloyd Bridges, Norman Fell, Vic Tayback, Michael Lerner, John Marley. Directed by John Erman. The Marilyn Monroe chapte of Garson Kanin's MOVIOLA tells of her relationship with her ambitious agent, Johnny Hyde (vividly portrayed by Bridges). Another TV movie, MARILYN: THE UNTOLD STORY, tops this one, as does its star, Catherine Hicks, who's more persuasive as MM than Forslund. Retitled: THE SECRET LOVE OF MARILYN MONROE. THORNWELL 1981 100 min. Glynn Turman, Vincent Gardinia, Craig Wasson, Todd Sussman, Julius Harris, Paul Lieber, Edward Bell. Directed by Harry Moses. The story of James Thornwell and his years of mental anguish after being given LSD by the U.S. Army. A dramatized version of the story that documentary producer Moses first brought to light on the 60 MINUTES TV show. Above average. THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY 1978 100 min. Louise Fletcher, Wayne Rogers, Bert Convy, Robert Reed. Directed by Delbert Mann. A tepid contemporary interpretation of one of the Ten Commandments, sudsed-up by having a paralytic's wife having extramarital affairs with his permission. Below average. THOU SHALT NOT KILL 1982 100 min. Lee Grant, Gary Graham, Diana Scarwid, Robert Culp, James Keach, Michael C. Gwynne, Scott Marlowe, Albert Salmi. Directed by I.C. Rappaport. Lawyer Grant takes on an innocent defendant accused of murder whose troubles just begin when he's put in jail. The second in a never-was series of the Ten Commandments, following the equally pedestrian THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY. Filmed in 1979. Average. THREE GUNS FOR TEXAS 1968 99 min. Paul Stanley, Earl Bellamy, Neville Brand, Peter Brown, Martin Milner, William Smith, Philip Carey. Directed by David Lowell Rich. The boring exploits of three Texas Rangers, strung together from three episodes of the LAREDO TV series. Forgettable action, fair repartee between the leads. Average. THREE HUNDRED MILES FOR STEPHANIE 1981 100 min. Tony Orlando, Edward James Olmos, Pepe Serna, Julie Carmen, Gregory Sierra, Peter Graves. Directed by Clyde Ware. Orlando made his dramatic acting debut as a San Antonio cop who vows to run more than 300 miles in five days as an act of faith for his young, brain-damaged daughter. Director Ware based his screenplay on a true story. Average. THREE ON A DATE 1978 100 min. June Allyson, Ray Bolger, Loni Anderson, John Byner, Gary Crosby, Carol Lawrence, Rick Nelson, Patrick Wayne, Didi Conn. Directed by Bill Bixby. TV games show winners, plus a chaperone, on a Hawaiian holiday in this LOVE BOAT variation that's equally as inspired in concept and execution. Average. THREE'S A CROWD 1969 75 min. Jessica Walter, E.J. Peaker, Harvey Korman, Michael Lerner, Norman Fell. Directed by Harry Falk. Pilot Hagman remarries after his first wife's death in a plane crash -- then she turns up alive and well. Formula complications abound in this spirited comedy rehash of MY FAVORITE WIFE, with the resolution taking place in a hotel. Look fast for Farrah Fawcett. Average. THROUGH NAKED EYES 1983 100 min. David Soul, Pam Dawber, Fionnula Flanagan, William Schallert, Dick Anthony Williams, Rod McCary. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey. A kinky thriller about voyeurism in an apartment complex where people are being bumped off. He's watching her through binoculars only to learn that she's watching him through a telescope; then they both discover somebody else is watching them. Average.
THROUGH THE MAGIC PYRAMID 1981 100 min. Chris Barnes, Hans Conried, Vic Tayback, Olivia Barash, Jo Ann Worley, James Hampton, Elaine Giftos, Eric Greene. Directed by Ron Howard. A juvenile comedy-adventure about a youngster who goes back in time to ancient Egypt to help a young Prince Tut become Pharaoh. Ron Howard's dad, Rance, co-wrote and co-produced. Average. THURSDAY'S CHILD 1983 100 min. Gena Rowlands, Don Murray, Jessica Walter, Rob Lowe, Tracey Gold, Janet MacLachlan, Robin Gammell, Alan Fudge. Directed by David Lowell Rich. A good cast elevates this drama about a family whose teenaged son undergoes a heart transplant. Gwen Banig-Dubov adapted Victoria Poole's factual book. Above average. TIME BOMB 1984 100 min. Morgan Fairchild, Billy Dee Williams, Joseph Bottoms, Merlin Olsen. Directed by Paul Krasny. Female terrorist Fairchild -- lip gloss and all -- leads a band of hijackers across Texas to nab a cargo of nuclear weapons- grade plutonium. Standard bonehead TV-action flick; busted pilot for a cop series to have starred Williams and Bottoms. Average. A TIME FOR LOVE 1973 100 min. Jack Cassidy, John Davidson, Lauren Hutton, Christopher Mitchum, Bonnie Bedelia, Joanna K. Cameron. Directed by George Schaefer, Joseph Sargent. Two stories: meeting an uninhibited girl at a convention, a junior executive decides to dump plans of marrying a wealthy socialite; a pop star can't take crazy professional pressures, hitchhikes to a small coastal town, and meets a simple teacher of deaf children. Not as bad as it sounds, with occasionally good dialogue, no-nonsense direction. Above average. A TIME FOR MIRACLES 1980 100 min. Kate Mulgrew, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Rossano Brazzi, John Forsythe, Lorne Greene, Jean LeClerc, Leonard Mann, Robin Clarke, Milo O'Shea, William Prince. Directed by Michael O'Herlihy. Reverent dramatization of the story of Elizabeth Bayley Seton, an 18th-century widow who became America's first native-born saint. Henry Denker wrote the teleplay. Average. THE TIME MACHINE 1978 100 min. John Beck, Priscilla Barnes, Andrew Duggan, Rosemary DeCamp, Jack Kruschen. Directed by Henning Schellerkup. Updated version of the H.G. Wells classic, given a "Classics Illustrated" treatment. Average. TIME TRAVELLERS 1976 78 min. Sam Groom, Tom Hallick, Richard Basehart, Trish Stewart, Francine York, Booth Coleman. Directed by Alexander Singer. Producer Irwin Allen's attempt to resurrect his flop series, TIME TUNNEL, has two scientists searching for a cure to a mysterious epidemic and finding themselves in Chicago 1871 on the eve of the great fire. Footage from IN OLD CHICAGO is better than any of the new stuff. Taken from an original, unpublished short story by Rod Serling. Average. TO ALL MY FRIENDS ON SHORE 1971 74 min. Bill Cosby, Gloria Foster, Dennis Hines, Ray Mason, Dennis Pate. Directed by Gilbert Cates. The problems confronted in a father-son relationship when they get word that the child has an incurable disease. Uneven performances, but the film's conception and point of view are exceptionally strong, refreshing. Above average. TO CATCH A KING 1984 113 min. Robert Wagner, Teri Garr, Horst Janson, Barbara Parkins, John Standing, Marcel Bozzufi, Jane Lapotaire, Barry Foster. Directed by Clive Donner. So-so espionage thriller, written by Harry Patterson (also known as novelist Jack Higgins), about a fanciful Nazi plot to kidnap the Duke and Duchess of Windsor from Lisbon in 1940, and the efforts of nightclub singer Garr and cafe owner Wagner to thwart it. Made for cable. Average. TO DIE IN PARIS 1968 100 min. Louis Jourdan, Kurt Krueger, Robert Ellenstein, John Marley, Ludwig Donath, Letitia Roman. Directed by Charles Dubin, Allen Reisner. The exploits of the head of resistance in Paris durng WW2 who, imprisoned during an ordinary round up of suspicious characters, must prevent his captors from realizing who he is and be on the look-out for an assassin sent by the underground. Good tension, uneven production values, adequate performances. Above average. TO FIND MY SON 1980 100 min. Richard Thomas, Justin Dana, Molly Cheek, Julie Cobb, Steve Kanaly, Allyn Ann McLerie. Directed by Delbert Mann. Poignant story (written by Sandor Stern) about a single man's attempt to adapt a handicapped 7-year-old orphan. Average. TO KILL A COP 1978 200 min. Joe Don Baker, Louis Gossett, Jr., Patrick O'Neal, Desi Arnaz, Jr., Christine Belford, Eartha Kitt, Rosey Grier. Directed by Gary Nelson. Police action drama about a maverick chief of detectives, a string of cop killings, and a black revolutionary leader plotting a police massacre. Based on the best-seller by Robert Daley, it became the pilot to the EISCHIED series. Average. TO RACE THE WIND 1980 105 min. Steve Guttenberg, Randy Quaid, Mark L. Taylor, Lisa Eilbacher, Barbara Barrie, Catherine Hicks. Directed by Walter Grauman. Lighthearted, well-acted story of a blind law student's struggle to lead a normal life in a sighted world; from the autobiography of Harold (BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE) Krents. Above average. TOM SAWYER 1973 104 min. Josh Albee, Jeff Tyler, Jane Wyatt, Buddy Ebsen, Vic Morrow, John McGiver, Karen Pearson, Chris Wiggins. Directed by James Neilson. Tom and Huck exude their everlovin' charm in this acceptable retelling of their now-familiar tale, with Morrow a particularly nasty Injun Joe in one of the best of his evil turns. This version premiered several weeks before the musicalized theatrical one. Average. TOMA 1973 74 min. Tony Musante, Simon Oakland, Susan Strasberg, Nicholas Colasanto, Robert Yuro, Abe Vigoda, Dave Toma. Directed by Richard Heffron. The leader of a syndicate numbers racket is stalked by a disguise-master undercover policeman. An excellent lead performance by Musante in a challenging role, as he pleads with his superiors for less interference and sweats it out when his family become syndicate hostages. Based on a true story. Above average; pilot for a brief series which later transmogrified into BARETTA. TOMORROW'S CHILD 1982 100 min. Stephanie Zimbalist, William Atherton, Bruce Davison, Ed Flanders, Salome Jens, James Shigeta, Susan Oliver, Arthur Hill. Directed by Joseph Sargent. So-so drama about surrogate motherhood and test-tube babies, written by Jerry McNeely. Original title, GENESIS, was more to the point. Average. TOO FAR TO GO 1979 100 min. Michael Moriarty, Blythe Danner, Kathryn Walker, Ken Kercheval, Josef Sommer, Glenn Close. Directed by Fielder Cook. Moriarty and Danner bring distinction to this middling study of the dissolution of marriage. Taken from seventeen short stories by John Updike. Released theatrically in 1982 with a new credit sequence, score by Elizabeth Swados, a sound-effects track, and several smaller alterations. Average. THE TOP OF THE HILL 1980 200 min. Wayne Rogers, Elke Sommer, Adrienne Barbeau, Sonny Bono, Peter Brown, J.D. Cannon, Macdonald Carey, Mel Ferrer, Gary Lockwood, Paula Prentiss. Directed by Walter Grauman. Love and sex at Lake Placid with the 1980 Winter Olympics as an excuse for the high-living Rogers to find snow bunnies. From the Irwin Shaw novel. Originally shown in two parts. Average. TOP SECRET 1978 100 min. Bill Cosby, Tracy Reed, Gloria Foster, Sheldon Leonard. Directed by Lewis R. Foster. Dated spy caper that even Cosby, as a hip American agent on the trail of stolen plutonium in Italy, cannot pump life into. Below average. TOPPER 1979 100 min. Kate Jackson, Andrew Stevens, Jack Warden, Rue McClanahan, James Karen, Charles Siebert. Directed by Charles S. Dubin. Breezy updating of the 1937 classic. The two leads (then married) also produced this one, aiming for a new TOPPER TV series. Average. TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS 1979 100 min. Lee Remick, Joseph Bologna, George Peppard, Giorgio Tozzi, Molly Cheek. Directed by Delbert Mann. A romantic drama graced by the ever-lovely Remick playing a married socialite who has an affair with a dashing architect she meets on a trip. The title comes from the hit song of the late '70s. Average. TOURIST 1980 100 min. Lee Meriwether, Bradford Dillman, Lois Nettleton, Adrienne Barbeau, David Groh, James Stephens, Bonnie Bedelia, John Ireland, Marisa Berenson, John McCook, Laurette Spang-McCook. Directed by Jeremy Summers. Vacationing couples tour Europe in a LOVE BOAT plotting that, surprisingly, comes from the pen of Gerald Green (author of THE LAST ANGRY MAN and HOLOCAUST. Below average. THE TRACKERS 1971 73 min. Sammy Davis, Jr., Ernest Borgnine, Julie Adams, Connie Kreski, Jim Davis. Directed by Earl Bellamy. Fair chase drama sprinkled with character portraits; Borgnine as a vengeful rancher, out to get the men who killed his son and kidnapped his daughter, scornful of a black professional tracker who doesn't mind telling his employer what he thinks about him. Average. TRANSPLANT 1979 100 min. Kevin Dobson, Melinda Dillon, Granville Van Dusen, Ronny Cox, Helen Hunt, Bibi Besch. Directed by William A. Graham. A hard-driving young executive with a weak heart agonizes over whether to undergo a transplant. Script by John Gay. Average. TRAPPED BENEATH THE SEA 1974 100 min. Martin Balsam, Paul Michael Glaser, Cliff Potts, Laurie Prange, Joshua Bryant. Directed by William A. Graham. Drama about efforts to rescue the crew of four stranded in a mini-sub off the Florida coast. Based on an actual event of June 17, 1973, and tautly told. Above average. TRAVIS McGEE 1983 100 min. Sam Elliott, Gene Evans, Katharine Ross, Vera Miles, Amy Madigan, Richard Farnsworth, Geoffrey Lewis. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. John D. MacDonald's macho sleuth gets enmeshed in a muddled case involving a drunken old salt, a neurotic pianist and the sister of a presumably drowned land developer. Elliott's McGee is so somnambulent that by the first commercial you'll be asleep, too. Any chances for a series were deep sixed with the land developer. Adapted by the usually adroit Stirling Silliphant from THE EMPTY COPPER SEA. Below average. A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN 1974 78 min. Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker, James Olson, Pamelyn Ferdin, Nancy Malone, Allyn Ann McLerie, Michael-James Wixted. Directed by Joseph Hardy. A lovingly made remake of the 1945 classic with a sterling performance by Robertson and fine work by the others. Above average. THE TRIAL OF CHAPLAIN JENSEN 1975 78 min. James Franciscus, Joanna Miles, Lynda Day George, Dorothy Tristan, Charles Durning, Harris Yulin. Directed by Robert Day. Franciscus is the only U.S. Navy officer ever court-martialed for adultery. True but trite. Average. TRIAL RUN 1969 98 min. James Franciscus, Leslie Nielsen, Diane Baker, Janice Rule, John Vernon, David Sheiner, Fred Beir. Directed by William Graham. A cynical, near-briliant look at high-priced modern-day lawyers. Franciscus will stop at nothing for status in a high-powered firm. Some overly flashy direction, one lop-sided sequence, but a strong drama nonetheless. Above average. THE TRIBE 1974 78 min. Victor French, Warren Vanders, Henry Wilcoxon, Adriana Shaw, Stewart Moss, Sam Gilman, Meg Wylie. Directed by Richard A. Colla. Offbeat, unsatisfactory drama about cavemen, with a group of Cro-Magnons battling vicious Neatherthals at the dawn of history. Below average. TROUBLE IN HIGH TIMBER COUNTRY 1980 100 min. Eddie Albert, Joan Goodfellow, Martin Kove, Robin Dearden, Belinda J. Montgomery, Kevin Brophy, Steve Doubet, Scott Yeager, James B. Sikking, Bettye Ackerman, Richard Sanders. Directed by Vincent Sherman. A family's lumber and mining empire is threatened by a conglomerate takeover in this middling pilot to the quickie series, THE YEAGERS, which had Andy Griffith stepping into Albert's shoes. Average. THE TURNING POINT OF JIM MALLOY 1975 78 min. John Savage, Biff McGuire, Peggy McKay, Gig Young, Kathleen Quinlan, Janis Paige. Directed by Frank D. Gilroy. Nostalgic drama based on John O'Hara's youth in a small Pennsylvania town and his first exposure to the world of journalism unter the tutelege of an alcoholic reporter. An atmospheric, lovingly filmed version of O'Hara's GIBBSVILLE from his collection THE DOCTOR'S SON by Gilroy. Also called JOHN O'HARA'S GIBBSVILLE and GIBBSVILLE: THE TURNING POINT OF JIM MALLOY, it later spun off a brief series. Above average. 21 HOURS AT MUNICH 1976 100 min. William Holden, Shirley Knight, Franco Nero, Anthony Quayle, Noel William. Directed by William A. Graham. A well-done re-creation of the events surrounding the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre, despite Holden's being miscast as the Munich police chief. Above average. TWICE IN A LIFETIME 1974 78 min. Ernest Borgnine, Della Reese, Eric Laneuville, Slim Pickens, Herb Jeffries, Arte Johnson. Directed by Herschel Daugherty. A scruffy old salt operating a salvage tug clashes with an unscrupulous yard foreman determined to retain control of the docks. Borgnine at his most bombastic is nicely balanced by Reese from her waterfront cafe. Another pilot film that never earned series status. Below average. TWIN DETECTIVES 1976 78 min. Jim Hager, Jon Hager, Lillian Gish, Patrick O'Neal, Michael Constantine, Otis Young, Lynda Day George. Directed by Robert Day. A comedy-mystery involving identical twin private eyes, a spunky old lady, a psychic con group, and a murdered medium. The Hager Brothers are country singers/comics from HEE HAW, and should have stayed there. And whatever possessed Miss Gish to make her TV movie debut in this bit of fluff! Below average. TWIRL 1981 100 min. Stella Stevens, Charles Haid, Lisa Whelchel, Erin Moran, Edd Byrnes, Sharon Spelman, Matthew Tobin, Donna McKechnie. Directed by Gus Trikonis. This made-for-TV clone of Michael Ritchie's SMILE focuses satirically on parental pressure on youngsters competing in a national baton-twirling contest. Average. THE TWO-FIVE 1978 74 min. Don Johnson, Joe Bennett, Michael Durrell, George Murdock, John Crawford. Directed by Bruce Kessler. Predictable cop-show pilot has a couple of eager-beaver rookies out to save their harassed commander's hide by grabbing a drug kingpin in their own unorthodox ways. Average. TWO FOR THE MONEY 1971 73 min. Robert Hooks, Stephen Brooks, Neville Brand, Walter Brennan, Catherine Burns, Mercedes McCambridge, Richard Dreyfuss. Directed by Bernard Kowalski. Two cops leave the department to track down a mass murderer who's been loose for twelve years. Well done. Average. TWO KINDS OF LOVE 1983 100 min. Lindsay Wagner, Ricky Schroder, Peter Weller, Sydney Penny, Allyn Ann McLerie. Directed by Jack Bender. A doting mom nurtures her adolescent son to become a ladykiller when a broken arm puts the brakes on other sports. Then the mom dies suddenly and he's left with his workaholic dad. Heartstrings are only lightly tugged in this adaptation of Peggy Mann's novel THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF TERRIBLE. Average. THE TWO LIVES OF CAROL LETNER 1981 100 min. Meredith Baxter Birney, Don Johnson, Dolph Sweet, Salome Jens, Robert Webber, Kene Hollidaiy, Mary Jackson, Graham Jarvis. Directed by Philip Leacock. Pedestrian drama about an ex-call girl who is cajoled by the cops into doling some undercover hustling. Average. TWO OF A KIND 1982 100 min. George Burns, Robby Benson, Barbara Barrie, Cliff Robertson, Frances Lee McCain, Geri Jewell, Peggy McKay. Directed by Roger Young. George's dramatic TV debut occurred in this "love" story between a failing, withdrawn old man and the retarded grandson who brings him back to life. Lovingly written by James Sadwith. Above average. TWO ON A BEACH 1971 73 min. Patty Duke, Ted Bessell, Andrew Duggan, John Astin, Alice Ghostley, Terry Carter, Jeannie Berlin. Directed by Jerry Paris. This dull comedy throws Duke and Bessell at each other, hired to find out which one is working for a spy. Boston locations are the only asset in this listless, unimaginatively written and conceived comedy of errors by Richard Levinson and WIlliam Link. Below average.
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