You can kick off your weekends with “T.G.I.S. — Selleck Movies Every Friday.”
Get ready for some cowboy action with C&I reader favorite Tom Selleck as the INSP channel presents “T.G.I.S. — Selleck Movies Every Friday” throughout October.
There will be a Selleck western airing in the 8 pm ET timeslot every Friday this month. And if that’s not enough for you, consider this: INSP also will showing the Selleck movies on other days, at other times, in October as well.
Here is the lineup:
Last Stand at Saber River (1997)
Arguably the very best Western on Selleck’s resume, this unabashedly old-fashioned and enjoyably exciting drama (based on a novel by Elmore Leonard) finds the charismatic star perfectly cast as an ex-Confederate cavalryman who seeks a new life with his strong-willed wife (Suzy Amis) and their two children (Haley Joel Osment — who’d later find fame in The Sixth Sense — and Rachel Duncan) on an Arizona homestead. Unfortunately, two Union-sympathizing brothers (played by real-life siblings Keith and David Carradine) have their own designs on the land. (8 pm ET Oct. 2; 8 pm ET Oct. 18; 8 pm ET Oct. 30)
The Shadow Riders (1982)
Three years after they rode together in The Sacketts, Selleck reunited with Sam Elliott and Ben Johnson for a second (but unrelated) Louis L’Amour adaptation. Two brothers (Selleck, Elliott) break their rascally uncle (Johnson) out of prison to help them find their kidnapped siblings, who have been taken prisoner by a slave-trading ex-Confederate officer (Geoffrey Lewis). The action is satisfyingly fast and furious under the direction of veteran Western filmmaker Andrew V. McLaglen (McClintock!). (8 pm ET Oct. 3; 8 pm ET Oct. 16; 8 pm ET Oct. 25)
Crossfire Trail (2001)
With director Simon Wincer once again serving as his trail boss 11 years after they teamed for Quigley Down Under, Selleck saddled up for one more Louis L’Amour adaptation, this time playing a gruff but noble drifter who makes good on his promise to a dying man that he’ll look after the luckless fellow’s widow (Virginia Madsen) and Wyoming ranch. Selleck is as effortlessly authoritative as always, but the big surprise here is seeing Mark Harmon (NCIS) cast against type as a two-faced, back-shooting land-grabber. (8 pm Oct. 4; 8 pm Oct. 23; 10:30 pm Oct. 31)
Monte Walsh (2003)
Selleck and Simon Wincer teamed successfully for a third time to make this affectingly melancholy Western, based on a novel by Jack Schaefer (Shane), about a middle-aged cowboy who knows his way of life is drawing to close – but can’t figure out what he wants to do with the rest of his life. Selleck gives one of his finest performances in the title role, and he’s never been more engaging than he is here in scenes opposite the lovely prostitute (Isabella Rossellini) who loves the incorrigible cowpoke. Better still, the final scene is guaranteed to leave you smiling, if not laughing out loud. (8 pm Oct. 9; 10 pm Oct. 24)