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T.V./Cable Movies

Movies that were first aired on a television or cable network that I will watch again and again. Most were aired on either commercial TV or basic subscription cable channels.

1) The Night Stalker ( 1972, Made for TV)
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Starring: Darren McGavin

Vampire on the rampage in Las Vegas and only a washed up reporter can stop it from killing beautiful show girls. Still one of the best made for TV movies ever. It was worthy of being a big screen release!

Rated: 7.6 out of 10 at IMDB

2) The Scarlet and the Black (1983, Made for TV)
Directed by: Jerry London
Starring: Gregory Peck, Christopher Plummer .

Rated: 7.7 out of 10 at IMDB

3) Treasure Island (1990 Made for Cable,[TNT] )
Starring: Charlton Heston, Christian Bale
Directed by:Fraser Clarke Heston

Rated: 6.4 out of 10 at IMDB

4) Crossfire Trail (1990 Made for Cable,[TNT])
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Starring: Tom Selleck, Virginia Madsen, Mark Harmon, Wilford Brimley

Tom Selleck was born to play a cowboy. This is one of the best made for TV westerns I've ever seen.

Rated: 5.5 out of 10 at IMDB

5)Sahara ( 1995, Made for Cable, [ShowTime])
Starring: Jim Belushi
Directed by: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Why a cable version of Sahara was made is beyond me. I saw Sahara listed in the TV guide but had to go out that night, so I recorded it so I could catch it later. When the movie started I thought it was a mistake. Then I saw the credit come up and realized someone had done a remake. you can't imagine my disappointment. Having nothing better to do, I decided I was going to sit down a rip the movie apart, wondering if Belushi was going to do a Bogart imitation. To my surprise the movie wasn't half bad. i actually enjoyed it. It was very faithful to the original story line, no attempt to bring it up to date, and offered better special effects. They attempted to make the equipment look like the real thing. All in all a good little made for cable movie. not as good as the original but, hey, I like it. Loved the LRDG unit showing up at the end. nice touch. Belushi made a believable Sgt. Joe Gunn. Had this not been a made for Cable movie, it would be a Guilty pleasure of mine.

Rated: 5.9 out of 10 at IMDB

6) Purgatory (1999, Made for Cable [TNT])
Directed by: Uli Edel
Starring: Sam Shepard, Eric Roberts, Randy Quaid

I'm not sure if it is a Western or a Ghost Story. Small time outlaw band comes to terrorize the town of Purgatory. The sherriff and the rest of the town don't wear guns but you know something is wrong when you start having a little fun thrwing knifes at the church door and you get struck dead by lightning.

Rated: 6.3 out of 10 at IMDB







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