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.