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23rd Jun 2022

A classic Western is among the movies on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

It was the first Western directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.

It’s Thursday, meaning you’ll probably want something to watch tonight to pass the time until the weekend comes.

As such, here is what is on telly this evening.

High Plains Drifter – ITV4 – 9pm

Our pick for tonight, this ’70s flick stars Clint Eastwood as a mysterious stranger who rides into a corrupt frontier mining town and begins to mete out justice.

High Plains Drifter is the first Western that Eastwood both directed and starred in.

As such, you can feel him applying everything he learned acting in Sergio Leone’s legendary Dollars trilogy to his own directorial effort, which is also notable for adding a supernatural twist to the genre.

It’s worth pointing out, too, that the poster for High Plains Drifter is incredibly cool.

The Dead Pool – Turner Classic Movies – 9pm

Another option featuring Clint Eastwood; this is the fifth and final entry in the Dirty Harry franchise.

The Thing – Horror Channel – 9pm

This legendary ’80s horror centres on a research team in Antarctica, including a pilot played by Kurt Russell, that is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

The African Queen – BBC Four – 9pm

Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn star in this ’50s adventure classic.

Kingsman: The Secret Service – Film4 – 9pm

The fun first entry in the spy series.

The Nun’s Story – BBC Four – 10.45pm

Audrey Hepburn plays a nun in this acclaimed ’50s drama.

Reversal of Fortune – Turner Classic Movies – 10.55pm

Jeremy Irons won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in this 1990 film.

Based on a true story, the star plays a wealthy socialite accused of attempting to murder his wife (Glenn Close).

A Fistful of Dollars – ITV4 – 11.15pm

Another Eastwood Western, A Fistful of Dollars is the first in the aforementioned Dollars trilogy.

Johnny Mnemonic – Great! Movies Classic – 11.15pm

This critically-panned cyberpunk movie sees Keanu Reeves play a man with an overloaded cybernetic brain implant designed to store information.

My Beautiful Laundrette – Film4 – 11.40pm

This much-loved ’80s comedy-drama centres on a young Pakistani man (Gordon Warnecke) living in London and his white boyfriend (Daniel Day-Lewis) who strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat.

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