The 1984 computer fantasy Electric Dreams (Channel...
The 1984 computer fantasy Electric Dreams (Channel 5 Sunday at 6 p.m.), a romantic comedy of genuine sweetness and originality, stars Lenny Van Dohlen as a spacey, klutzy young San Francisco architect whose computer (voice supplied by Bud Cort) plays Cupid.
Right of the People (Channel 9 Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a confused 1986 TV movie that tells what happens to an American city after a local law is passed allowing its citizens to carry guns in self-defense. Michael Ontkean stars.
Diamonds Are Forever (ABC Sunday at 8:30 p.m.), like its six James Bond predecessors, is a smashing good 1971 entertainment even though it goes easier on the spectacular production numbers than some of the earlier adventures. Sean Connery is more subdued and dignified than usual and therefore closer to Ian Fleming’s original conception.
Altered States (Channel 13 Monday at 8 p.m.), the trouble-plagued 1980 Ken Russell film of Paddy Chayefsky’s novel, is science fiction that moves from the not-impossible to the wholly preposterous in Guinness-record time. William Hurt made his film debut as a Harvard MD into sensory deprivation.
Warren Beatty’s Heaven Can Wait (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.) is a rousing, deliciously sophisticated update of the 1941 fantasy “Here Comes Mr. Jordan” that preserves the wonderful, funny, lyrical optimism of the original. Beatty produced, co-authored (with Elaine May) and co-directed (with Buck Henry) this 1978 release in which he stars as a pro football quarterback whose death is untimely in every sense and who gets two more tries at earthly pleasures. Henry plays Beatty’s incompetent guardian angel, and Julie Christie is the woman he loves in every incarnation.
The 1970 Ned Kelly (Channel 11 Tuesday at 8 p.m.) is an arty, foolish historical adventure starring Mick Jagger as the legendary Australian outlaw.
Creepshow 2 (Channel 13 Wednesday at 8 p.m.) is a cut-rate 1987 sequel from those two popular masters of horror, Stephen King and George Romero, that plays like leftovers. Fans of both deserve better.
Despite a moment of memorable gore, Daryl Duke’s 1978 The Silent Partner (Channel 11 Thursday at 8 p.m.) is a nifty Hitchcockian thriller in which Elliott Gould, Susannah York and Christopher Plummer excel.
James Bridges’ Mike’s Murder (Channel 13 Friday at 8 p.m.), an overlooked, disquieting 1984 thriller which tours the high and low extremes of the L.A. cocaine trade, stars Debra Winger as a faintly daffy bank teller who gets mixed up with scruffy, casual Mike (Mark Keyloun), who has a super-bad-news-buddy (Darrell Larson, unforgettable).
Thomas Hart Benton (Channel 28 Friday at 9:30 p.m.), a 1989 documentary on the late American artist and subject of a current LACMA exhibition--is the newest work from Ken Burns, whose previous films include the incisive “Huey Long.”
Miracle in Milan (Channel 28 Saturday at 11 p.m.), the 1951 Vittorio De Sica neo-realist classic, employs fantasy to comment on the plight of displaced people.