Bob Rafelson's film from a script by Adrien Joyce (Carole Eastman) is one of the key films of the '70s. It stars Jack Nicholson as a feckless drifter who has forsaken his highly refined family of gifted musicians to work as an oil-field roughneck. Still, he yearns to return home, and this 1970 film becomes an odyssey of self-discovery, touching upon the rootlessness and dissatisfaction of contemporary life. It's sad but often outrageously funny (KCOP Saturday at 2:30 a.m.).
Other selected four-star films airing this week:
The Bank Dick A&E;, Sunday, 8 a.m.
Double Indemnity AMC, Sunday, 6 p.m., Monday, 1 a.m.
Ride the High Country TNT, Tuesday, 1 p.m.
The Wild Bunch TBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m.
Lawrence of Arabia TNT, Wednesday, 9:05 p.m.
The Talk of the Town, Cinemax, Thursday, 6 a.m.