On a weekend when the colors should be vivid, a few movies offer breathtaking visuals, too. Here’s what’s showing on broadcast and cable television this weekend.
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
The majestic mountains of the West provide the background for Robert Redford’s adaptation of the Nicholas Evans novel about a mysterious man who heals animals and the humans who love and fear them. While some supporters of the novel resist Redford’s adjustments for the screen, the rest of us admire a master moviemaker at work in front of and behind the camera. The actor plays Dan Rather in the upcoming Truth. Can’t wait.
Friday, October 16, 5:05 p.m., Flix
Legends of the Fall (1994)
The vistas of the West are also in full bloom in this dramatic tale of a complex family in the early 1900s. With Brad Pitt at his most magnetic, and Anthony Hopkins at his most domineering, the conflicts are many between three brothers and their father as they face war, illness, deceit and romance. And that’s just in the first hour. The real star here is John Toll who won a well-deserved Oscar for his exquisite cinematography.
Friday, October 16, 6:40 p.m., Starz
The Long Hot Summer (1958)
The humidity of the South plays a major role in this vivid adaptation of stories by William Faulkner. The recently married Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward join forces for this delicious drama filled with guilt, deceit, ambition and hatred. Oh, there’s nothing like a movie from the South to fill a Friday evening. Woodward, especially, makes our hearts break as a woman who knows the truth but chooses to brush it under the rug.
Friday, October 16, 5:45 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Paul Newman was a well-deserving Oscar nominee for this beautifully-rendered story of an unconventional prisoner that is also set in the South. With Jo Van Fleet in a smash cameo as his mother, and George Kennedy in an Oscar-winning supporting turn as a fellow inmate, Newman is at his best as a rebel with a cause. Today the movie is also remembered for Strother Martin’s line, “what we have here is failure to communicate,” to articulate a generation’s rage.
Saturday, October 17, 5:30 p.m., Turner Classic Movies
Jurassic Park (1993)
The disastrous Jurassic World sequel this year reminds us how much we love the original. Once again Steven Spielberg coaxes us to fear the monster by teasing us early (as he did with the shark in Jaws). While the computer generation of 1993 may pale to what can be done today, the efficiency of the movie making stands the test of time. And Laura Dern is always fun to watch on screen, even when she’s being chased by a smart dinosaur.
Saturday, October 17, 5:15 p.m., TNT
Dick Tracy (1996)
The primary colors frame the world of an inquisitive detective who pursues the caricatures of organized crime in this caper from Warren Beatty. Director Beatty precisely stages the action to simulate the exaggeration of a comic strip while actor Beatty uses his mystique to good measure as the cop that everyone wants to chase. Stephen Sondheim contributes a marvelous collection of songs to go with the action. This gets better with each viewing.
Saturday, October 17, 8 p.m., Flix
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