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Here’s what Daniel recommended on his show today.

The High and the Mighty – John Wayne heads the stellar cast as co-pilot Dan Roman in this granddaddy of airplane disaster movies. On a flight from Honolulu to San Francisco, a plane develops engine trouble, and it falls to Roman to land the craft safely when smug pilot John Sullivan (Robert Stack) loses his nerve. Meanwhile, the 22 passengers aboard take stock of their lives in William Wellman’s tautly directed drama, which bagged an Oscar for the film’s haunting score.

My Darling Clementine – Showing on WUSF Ch. 16 9pm ET tonight. As the enforcer of law in the town of Tombstone, Ariz., Wyatt Earp (Henry Fonda) must balance keeping unruly criminals in line with tracking down and bringing to justice the men who killed his brothers, Morgan (Ward Bond) and Virgil (Tom Holt). With help from Doc Holliday (Victor Mature), with whom he maintains a tepid friendship, Earp’s pursuit ultimately involves the history-making confrontation at the OK Corral.

Easy Rider – On American Movie Classics tonight at 6pm ET. On the way to becoming the ultimate 1960s counterculture film, Dennis Hopper’s antiestablishment road movie (his directorial debut) garnered widespread critical acclaim. Flush with cash from a cocaine sale and looking for the “real America,” motorcycle mavericks Billy (Hopper) and Wyatt (Peter Fonda) are joined by boozy American Civil Liberties Union lawyer George Hanson (Jack Nicholson, in an Oscar-nominated performance) as they hit the road.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – On American Movie Classics tonight at 8 and 10:30pm ET. The first movie since It Happened One Night to win all five major Academy Awards (picture, director, actor, actress, screenplay), Cuckoo’s Nest still has the ability to entertain and inspire. Implacable rabble-rouser Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) is committed to an asylum and inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse Mildred Ratched (Louise Fletcher).

Gone with the Wind – At Tampa Theatre on Sunday at 3pm. Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping Civil War saga remains one of the greatest examples of cinematic storytelling. Vivien Leigh’s tempestuous Scarlett O’Hara and Clark Gable’s handsome rogue Rhett Butler bicker and battle from antebellum plantations to the streets of postwar Atlanta. This special collector’s edition features a beautifully restored print and many extras.

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Here’s what Daniel recommended on his show Saturday.

Topper – A fun-loving couple returns from the dead to help a henpecked husband.

The Dirty Dozen – In this Academy Award-winning World War II action flick from director Robert Aldrich (The Longest Yard), a U.S. Army major (Lee Marvin) is handed a near-impossible assignment: Turn a group of conscripted convicts into a crack fighting unit and then send them on a mission to destroy a villa filled with Nazi brass. The “volunteers” include Archer J. Maggott (Telly Savalas), Victor Franko (John Cassavetes) and Vernon L. Pinkley (Donald Sutherland).

A Streetcar Named Desire – Marlon Brando spellbinds as the brutish Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’s classic rumination on carnal attraction and faded gentility. After losing the family plantation to creditors, Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh) travels to New Orleans hoping to find comfort with her sister (Kim Hunter), Stanley’s wife. But Blanche gets more than she bargained for. Oscars went to Leigh, Hunter and Karl Malden for their monumental performances.

In the Line of Fire – In this triple-Oscar-nominated thriller, director Wolfgang Peterson sets in motion a deadly mind game: A twisted yet ingenious killer (John Malkovich) torments and teases a veteran Secret Service agent (Clint Eastwood) who’s haunted by his failure years ago to save JFK. Unable to make the current president take the psycho’s assassination threats seriously, the agent and his partner (Rene Russo) pursue him on their own, walking into a trap.

Ted is Sarasota recommended the next two:

Legend of 1900 – From the director of Cinema Paradiso comes a compelling drama of a virtuoso piano player who lives his entire life aboard an ocean liner. Born and raised on the ship, 1900 (Tim Roth) learned about the outside world through interactions with passengers, never setting foot on land, even for the love of his life. Years later, the ship may be destroyed, and a former band member fears that 1900 may still be aboard, willing to go down with the ship.

The Man Who Would Be King – Based on a famous short story by Rudyard Kipling, this tall tale is a prime example of charismatic casting. Daniel Dravot (Sean Connery) and Peachy Carnahan (Michael Caine) are a couple of bored British soldiers stationed in India when they hear of a kingdom filled with riches just ripe for the picking, high in the mountains of Kafiristan. They soon embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Devil Wears Prada – After taking a job in the Big Apple as assistant to powerful fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep, in an Oscar-nominated role), small-town girl Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is thrilled — at first. But the magic soon wears off, leaving Andrea feeling battered and used — and wondering whether working for the boss from hell will pay off. Helmed by David Frankel, this adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s best-seller also stars Stanley Tucci.

Venus – This romantic dark comedy stars Peter O’Toole as veteran actor Maurice, whose quiet golden years turn topsy-turvy when he falls for a very young and brash nude model. Director Roger Michell’s poignant May-December romance is an uplifting tale of love, lust and the endless pursuit of vitality and youth by a man whose life is drawing to a close. Film legend O’Toole infuses his aging character with his own timeless exuberance and charisma, earning him an Oscar nod.

 

Touch of Evil (playing at Tampa Theater on Sunday 8 July)
Straight-arrow narcotics detective Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) sees his honeymoon cut short when a car crossing the U.S.-Mexico border explodes before his eyes. Vargas forsakes his bride (Janet Leigh) to mount an investigation but soon locks horns with corpulent Sheriff Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles), a shady cop who’s not above planting evidence or colluding with the local crime lord to keep Vargas from discovering the ugly truth.

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