The Weekly Retro Movie Rundown – 432
Powering our way through another week like a fastball from a top MLB player, we're getting reach to strike it strong and smash another weekend of top retro movie out the park!
SATURDAY 19th June
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) 5STAR 12:20pm-3:10pm
Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts rescues an old car from the scrap heap, only to discover it has magical, gravity-defying powers. Meanwhile, Baron Bomburst, the blundering ruler of Vulgaria, will do anything to get his greedy hands on it. Children's musical adventure, based on the book by Ian Fleming, starring Dick Van Dyke, Lionel Jeffries, Sally Ann Howes, Gert Frobe, Benny Hill and James Robertson Justice.
Evolution (2001) Film4 2:45pm-4:50pm
Two science teachers investigate a mysterious meteor and discover it is oozing a strange fluid containing millions of minuscule but rapidly evolving organisms - which start to turn into terrifying alien monsters with a taste for human flesh. Sci-fi comedy, starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones, Julianne Moore, Seann William Scott, Dan Aykroyd and Ted Levine.
Matilda (1996) 5STAR 3:10pm-5:15pm
A gifted youngster is packed off by her selfish parents to the prison-like Crunchem Hall School. Once there, she befriends a sweet-natured teacher who convinces her that not all grown-ups are bad - and urges her to use her special powers to turn the tables on the nasty headmistress. Fantasy comedy, adapted from the children's book by Roald Dahl, with Mara Wilson, Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz, Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, who also directed.
Wise karate mentor Mr Miyagi meets the orphaned teenage granddaughter of a soldier who once saved his life. As well as guiding her through the trials of high school and her first romance, he takes her to a Zen monastery to hone her martial arts skills. Adventure sequel, starring Pat Morita, Hilary Swank, Michael Ironside and Constance Towers.
The Cable Guy (1996) GREAT! movies 7:05pm-9:00pm
A man makes the mistake of engaging a cable TV installer in conversation in a ploy to get all the channels for free. However, the manic repairman shows an invincible determination to be his new best friend - and does not take kindly to rejection. Comedy directed by Ben Stiller, starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick and George Segal.
Apollo 13 (1995) ITV4 7:40pm-10:25pm
Fact-based drama about the ill-fated 1970 Apollo 13 mission to the moon. Crew leader Jim Lovell is faced with a nightmare when the mission suffers an onboard explosion - leaving the team stranded in space with a dwindling oxygen supply while flight controllers and engineers in Houston try to find a way to bring the crew safely back to Earth. With Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise.
Wonder Woman (2017) ITV 7:45pm-10:20pm
An Amazon princess who grows up in an enchanted realm has her first encounter with the outside world during the First World War. American airman Steve Trevor crash lands on her isolated island home. Determined to bring the chaos sweeping the world to an end, she ventures onto the front line in an attempt to bring down an ancient and powerful evil force that is driving the human race towards destruction. Director Patty Jenkins' blockbusting fantasy adventure, starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and David Thewlis.
Boyz N the Hood (1991) GREAT! movies 9:00pm-11:15pm
A bright but underachieving teenager with a domineering single father strikes up a friendship with two brothers, and over time, the three young men each follow their own path - but a tragedy eventually leaves them facing a dangerous choice. Drama, starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Laurence Fishburne, Morris Chestnut and Ice Cube.
Pearl Harbor (2001) 5STAR 10:00pm-1:40am
The reported death of a pilot during the Second World War leaves his girlfriend seeking solace in the arms of his one-time best friend - until the supposedly dead airman turns up. However, when the Japanese launch a bombing raid on a US base in Hawaii, the three of them have to put aside their personal problems. Romantic drama, starring Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale and Cuba Gooding Jr.
SUNDAY 20th June
Cocoon (1985) 5STAR 12:25pm-2:45pm
The elderly residents of a retirement home treat themselves to an occasional dip in the pool at an abandoned house. It turns out that friendly aliens in human form are using the place to restore dormant members of their species - and energy from their cocoons is giving the old-timers a new lease of life. Ron Howard's sci-fi drama, with Wilford Brimley, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Don Ameche and Steve Guttenberg.
Junior (1994) ITV 1:45pm-3:55pm
A fertility expert pioneers a treatment enabling men to become pregnant and carry babies to full term. When the authorities cancel funding for the research, he decides to test it on himself but gives little thought to how difficult it will be to keep it a secret. The situation is further complicated when he starts to fall for the woman whose child he is carrying. Comedy, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Emma Thompson and Frank Langella.
Cocoon: The Return (1988) 5STAR 2:45pm-5:00pm
Three elderly couples return to Earth five years after leaving to retire on a distant planet, surprising their families, who assumed they were dead. Several of their alien friends have come back with them to recover members of their own race left behind in cocoons on the ocean floor, one of whom has been abducted by a government research institute. Sci-fi sequel, with Wilford Brimley, Don Ameche, Steve Guttenberg and Jessica Tandy.
My Girl (1991) GREAT! movies 3:00pm-5:00pm
A lonely 11-year-old tomboy feels responsible for her mother's death, but a boy's friendship helps her get through her emotional problems. Meanwhile, when she realises her father is falling in love with his new employee, she sets out to do all she can to end the romance. Drama, starring Anna Chlumsky, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Ice Age (2002) E4 3:55pm-5:30pm
Three mismatched prehistoric animals join forces to return a human infant to its tribe - but as their journey unfolds, the creatures fail to anticipate the many perils and pitfalls that lay in store for them. Animated adventure, featuring the voices of John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic and Jack Black.
My Girl 2 (1994) GREAT! movies 5:00pm-7:05pm
Thirteen-year-old tomboy Vada visits her uncle in Los Angeles to write a school project about her mother, who died during childbirth. Meanwhile, she meets Nick, the son of her uncle's girlfriend, who has to reluctantly chaperone Vada around her mother's old haunts - but before long romance blossoms for the pair. Comedy-drama sequel, with Anna Chlumsky, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis and Austin O'Brien.
The Waterboy (1998) ITV4 7:10pm-9:00pm
An American football team's waterboy puts up with constant ridicule from the players. But one day his anger gets the better of him and he demonstrates an unexpected talent for tackling - so the coach gives him a chance to prove his worth on the pitch. However, he has to keep his blossoming sporting career a secret from his overprotective mother. Comedy, with Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler and Fairuza Balk.
Pretty Woman (1990) Channel 5 9:00pm-11:25pm
A ruthless millionaire hires a prostitute while on a business trip. Realising she may be useful in helping him keep up a successful appearance, he pays her to accompany him for a week as he associates with the rich and powerful - but falls in love despite their many differences. Romantic comedy, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, with Ralph Bellamy and Laura San Giacomo.
Kickboxer (1989) Paramount Network 9:00pm-11:00pm
A martial arts student witnesses his brother being brutally defeated in the ring by a Thai champion in a fight that leaves him paralysed. Vowing revenge, he seeks out the help of a reclusive master, under whose tutelage he hones his skills until he is ready to confront his enemy. Action thriller, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio and Haskell V Anderson.
Whatever you're up to this weekend, don't strike out.... go for a home run!