Tootsie (KCOP Sunday at 5 p.m.), made...


Tootsie (KCOP Sunday at 5 p.m.), made in 1982, became an instant comedy classic. What a joy is Dustin Hoffman’s performance as a dedicated but unemployed New York actor driven to disguise himself as an actress, winding up as a soap opera star (which raises his male consciousness, for sure). Hoffman’s perplexed colleagues and friends are played by Jessica Lange, Teri Garr, Charles Durning and Bill Murray. Larry Gelbart wrote the inspired script, directed flawlessly by Sydney Pollack, who also plays Hoffman’s agent.

The lively 1984 Runaway (KTLA Sunday 6 p.m.), a Michael Crichton “science-fact” adventure, stars Tom Selleck and imagines the worst possible handgun, one that shoots microelectronic bullets that are all but impossible to escape.

As in most cop vs. psycho movies, there is the sense that in the 1991 Out for Justice (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.), starring Steven Seagal, the antagonists are but opposite sides of the same coin. This is the usual ultraviolent vendetta saga, but there’s more verbal energy, atmosphere and humor than in Seagal’s first three pictures. He plays a hipster cop at war with a childhood friend (William Forsythe), now a free-basing, trigger-happy crook.


Brian De Palma’s 1983 remake of Howard Hawks’ 1932 gangster classic Scarface (KTLA Monday at 8 p.m., concluding Tuesday at 8 p.m.) moves the action from Chicago of the ‘20s to Miami’s ‘80s Cuban community. For all its operatic razzle-dazzle, it becomes a lurid exercise in wretched excess. Al Pacino has the title role as a doomed drug kingpin.

Robert Altman’s 1970 MASH (KTLA Thursday at 7:30 p.m.) has been superseded in many minds by the TV show it inspired, but it was an epochal, black-comedy eye-opener for its time--and ours as well.

Recalling his life as a 1945 Army recruit in Mississippi in the winning, bittersweet 1988 Biloxi Blues (KTLA Friday at 8 p.m.), Neil Simon has come up with some marvelous moments. And director Mike Nichols turns the sentimental story into something darker, richer, more underplayed: nostalgia with pinpricks of pain, in a mood of hard-edged reverie. With Matthew Broderick re-creating his Broadway role as Simon’s alter-ego.

In Never Say Never Again (ABC Saturday at 8 p.m.), director Irvin Kershner and writer Lorenzo Semple Jr. have put the emphasis back where it belongs in this 1983 James Bond adventure: wit, intelligence and style. Sean Connery embodies all this and more, and for his return he’s got some adversaries worth his mettle: Barbara Carrera as the gorgeous, outrageous Fatima Blush and Klaus Maria Brandauer, who manages to be worldly boyish and quite demented all at once. What’s at stake here are some stolen nuclear warheads.