Firewalker (KTLA Sunday at 8 p.m.) is...
Firewalker (KTLA Sunday at 8 p.m.) is a breezy, big-scale 1986 adventure that takes scruffy soldiers-of-fortune Chuck Norris and Louis Gossett Jr. on a lively pursuit of Aztec treasure. It also takes Norris out of his usual ultraviolent martial arts fare and into “Raiders of the Lost Ark” territory. (It’s the first in a series of Norris films on KTLA this week.)
Rookie (ABC Sunday at 9 p.m.) is perhaps the least mentionable of the Clint Eastwood movies that he also directed. It is a surprisingly routine--but crowd-pleasing--1990 cop-thriller in which Eastwood’s veteran policeman is teamed with rookie Charlie Sheen.
The Delta Force (KTLA Monday at 8 p.m.), another 1986 Chuck Norris movie, is a standard hijack-hostage adventure in which the intricate logistics involved in the film’s making are far more impressive than its script.
With the 1989 Tango and Cash (ABC Monday at 9 p.m.), director Andrei Konchalovsky and stars Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell try hard to ram across one of the worst-written, crashed-out, buddy-buddy star vehicles. Stallone and Russell play two LAPD narc cops, who oddly never meet until they’re both framed. With Jack Palance as a sinister drug czar.
With Delta Force 2: Operation Stranglehold (KTLA Tuesday at 8 p.m.), Norris and his special unit of the U.S. Army zero in the on the world’s wealthist drug dealer (Billy Drago, lean, angular and creepy and this 1990 film’s strongest presence), who’s wanted in 17 countries. If the first “Delta Force” played like a formula TV movie, this sequel is not even that but is simply a dull action-adventure most notable for its nonstop violence.
Even less palatable is The Octagon (KTLA Thursday at 8 p.m.), a slick and bellicose 1980 martial arts fantasy in which Norris plays a retired kung fu champion drawn back into fighting his adopted brother (Tadashi Yamashita), who heads a secret society of killers.
By way of contrast, A Force of One (KTLA Friday at 8 p.m.) is a swift, taut, handsomely photographed 1980 thriller designed to show off Norris’ bravura skills. It is made with more craftsmanship than most martial arts movies. Norris plays a karate school proprietor in a community in which its narcotics police officers are being knocked off by an unknown karate killer.
The Big Combo (KCET Saturday at 10:30 p.m.), a notable 1955 Joseph H. Lewis film noir, stars Cornel Wilde as a dedicated cop taking in wily gangster Richard Conte. With Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy.