The 1985 Commando (KTTV Sunday at 5 p.m.), a sleek, slam-bang adventure fantasy, offers an array of heroic exploits by an avenging American hunk, played in this instance by Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former U.S. strike leader whose 11-year-old daughter (Alyssa Milano) is kidnaped by a deposed South American dictator. Directed with jolting efficiency by Mark Lester.
Police Academy (KCOP Sunday at 5 p.m.) has spawned a seemingly endless string of sequels, each usually worse than the last, making it hard to remember how funny the 1984 original was. A big-city police department receives a mandate to broaden its standards of admission, resulting in a wide range of types turning up to wreak havoc during training at the academy. Leader of the pack is Steve Guttenberg, a parking lot attendant who survives the course in spite of himself.
Although the 1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (CBS Sunday at 8 p.m.) doesn't compare with the 1938 Errol Flynn version, it is an enjoyable mishmash, directed good-naturedly by Kevin Reynolds and starring a likable but-all-too American Kevin Costner (who's upstaged by Alan Rickman's deliciously evil Sheriff of Nottingham).
As a director, Danny De Vito, in the 1987 Throw Momma from the Train (KTLA Sunday at 8 p.m.) is as explosive as he is an actor in this raucous, hilarious 1987 takeoff on Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train." With Billy Crystal and Anne Ramsey as Momma.
No doubt about it, Susan Sarandon's Louise and Geena Davis' Thelma grabbed audiences much like Paul Newman's Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford's Sundance Kid in the dynamic 1991 Thelma & Louise (NBC Sunday at 9 p.m.), a female buddy-road movie written by Callie Khouri and directed by Ridley Scott. There's much that's ambivalent, contrived and even dubious about this contemporary feminist adventure fable, but's it's so highly charged and stunningly acted that it's involving and vastly entertaining anyway.
Paul Verhoeven's 1987 RoboCop (KTLA Thursday at 8 p.m.) is ferocious comic-book fare, starring Peter Weller as a slaughtered Detroit cop whose head and heart are mounted in a robot to create the ultimate crime-stopper.
Above the Law (KCOP Thursday at 8 p.m.), the 1988 cop thriller that launched martial arts star Steven Seagal, is something of a standoff. It's steeped in grimy Chicago atmosphere and hard-bitten energy but veers off into action-movie cuckoo land filled with the paranoid one-against-a-hundred cliches. Seagal plays an ex-Green Beret and CIA trouble-shooter turned Chicago cop, taking on all manner of drug-related corruption.