Tuesday, September 28, 2021

TCM's Ned Beatty tribute

Ned Beatty in Network (1976; tonight at 8:00 PM)

Actor Ned Beatty died back in June. TCM decided to schedule a night of his movies a couple of months later, in part I think because they couldn't do it in August due to Summer Under the Stars and in part because Beatty isn't someone that TCM has quicker library access to the way that anybody who worked a lot at MGM or Warner Bros. did. In any case, those movies are showing up tonight in prime time, and there are five of them.

Beatty isn't the star of Network, which kicks off the night at 8:00 PM, but he's got an important monologue.

A new-to-me movie is Promises in the Dark at 10:00 PM, in which Beatty plays the parent of a cancer patient treated by Marsha Mason.

Another new-to-me movie is Hear My Song at 12:15 AM;

Beatty isn't the star of Silver Streak at 2:30 AM, but the movie is absolutely worth watching.

Finally, at 4:30 AM, is Chattahoochee, about a Korean War veteran (Gary Oldman) with PTSD who winds up in a bruta mental health facility where Beatty plays one of the doctors.

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