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15th Mar 2024

A great underseen crime thriller movie is airing on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

It’s a real hidden gem.

Our TV movie pick for tonight is Johnny Handsome, a 1989 neo-noir crime thriller from director Walter Hill (48 Hrs, The Driver, The Warriors).

It centres on a criminal named Johnny (Mickey Rourke) in New Orleans who is double-crossed by two of his accomplices (Ellen Barkin and Lance Henriksen) and sent to jail.

While in prison, Johnny meets a surgeon (Forest Whitaker) who is looking for a guinea pig so he can attempt an experimental procedure in reconstructive cosmetic surgery.

Figuring he has nothing to lose, Johnny is given a new face – making him unrecognisable to the people who knew him – before being released back into society.

He then seeks revenge, while trying to dodge the dour cop (Morgan Freeman) on his tail.

Johnny Handsome was a box office disappointment upon release and earned mixed reviews from critics.

However, it has gained a bit of a cult following in the decades since, thanks to its unique premise, stylish direction and great cast.

The movie is airing on TV at 12.55 am on Friday night/Saturday morning on the channel Legend. It is also available to rent on Apple TV.

Check out Johnny Handsome’s trailer right here:

Here are the other movies airing on TV tonight

Skyfall – ITV4 – 9pm

“Let the sky fall.” 🎵

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – Film4 – 9pm

Another ace action sequel.

Renegades – Legend – 9pm

Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons is amongst the cast of this 2017 action film with a low 11% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Charlie’s Angels – E4 – 9 pm

The 2019 version with Kristen Stewart.

Guns for San Sebastian – TG4 – 9pm

A ’60s Spaghetti Western starring Anthony Quinn and Charles Bronson.

Judy – RTÉ2 – 10pm

The Judy Garland biopic that earned Renee Zellweger her second Oscar.

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Wedding Crashers – Virgin Media One – 10.30pm

The Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy about two friends and womanisers who go to weddings specifically to seek out women to have flings with.

Eye of the Tiger – Legend – 11.05pm

In this ’80s action flick, a Vietnam War veteran (Gary Busey) returns home from prison and sets out to clean up his hometown which has come under the control of a violent motorcycle gang.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Film4 – 11.35pm

The beloved comedy odyssey starring John Candy and Steve Martin.

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