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Oliver Stone’s anti-war movie Pla­toon (Wed­nes­day, 8.20pm, Ac­tion) re­mains as pow­er­ful as it did when first re­leased in 1986, win­ning the Os­car the fol­low­ing year for best pic­ture. Char­lie Sheen is an en­listed soldier try­ing to hold on to his sense of ide­al­ism as the war cor­rupts the ethics of those around him. Stone, an in­fantry­man him­self for 14 months in 1967 and 1968, was de­ter­mined to cap­ture on film the au­then­tic­ity of his own ex­pe­ri­ences. Charles Wal­ters’s great mu­si­cal High So­ci­ety (Wed­nes­day, 10.15pm, TCM) from 1956 might con­tain no spec­tac­u­lar mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion num­bers with lots of danc­ing, but the singing and the songs work bril­liantly and Cole Porter’s mu­sic is one of the best scores of the pe­riod. A big sell­ing point was that it was the first time the era’s most pop­u­lar singers — Crosby and Si­na­tra — had ap­peared in a film to­gether. Stu­art Rosen­berg’s Cool Hand Luke, (Fri­day, 8.55am, TCM) from 1967 is not only one of the great prison movies but it stars Paul New­man, the “Mr Cool” of the six­ties, in one of his most pow­er­ful per­for­mances, as Lu­cas Jack­son who most cer­tainly will not sub­mit to any sort of in­tern­ment, with Os­car-win­ner Ge­orge Kennedy.

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