If you liked 'Pulp Fiction,' try the parody tonight

THE BALTIMORE SUN

It may not be the best thing on TV tonight, but it's certainly the strangest: Quentin Tarantino appears as a video supplier on "All-American Girl," an episode devoted to spoofing the writer-director's film "Pulp Fiction."

* "Rescue 911" (8 p.m.-8:25 p.m., Channel 13) -- So that CBS can squeeze all of "The Hunt for Red October" into prime time, this is an abbreviated version of "Rescue 911," only 41 percent as long as usual. That being the case, perhaps tonight's show should have been titled "Rescue 373.51." CBS.

* "The Hunt for Red October" (8:25 p.m.-11 p.m., Channel 13) -- Hunting is a good thing to do, if you want to watch this network showing of this fine 1990 thriller starring Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan, a role he later lost to Harrison Ford. Without hunting, how else would you find a movie that CBS is premiering at 25 minutes after the hour? CBS.

* "All-American Girl" (8:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Channel 2) -- From the glowing suitcase to a perforated breastplate, this episode is loaded with "Extra" references to "Pulp Fiction." Fun, but strange. ABC.

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* "Of Mice and Men" (5:35 p.m.-7:25 p.m., SHO) -- Now that Gary Sinise is finally getting some of the attention he deserves as an actor (he's nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in "Forrest Gump"), perhaps his earlier efforts will get more attention. This 1992 dramatization of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" is a perfect example. As the hero, Mr. Sinise is stunningly good -- and John Malkovich, as the dim-witted Lenny, is just as memorable. Also, watch for the touching supporting work by two familiar faces: Ray Walston of "Picket Fences" and Sherilyn Fenn of "Twin Peaks."

* "Ishtar" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., COM) -- Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman starred in this almost universally panned 1987 comedy -- but one of the prominent co-stars, Charles Grodin, subsequently earned his own talk show on CNBC. "Ishtar" is born!

* "The Program" (8 p.m.-9:55 p.m., SHO) -- Boy, you'd think if Showtime wanted some publicity about its offerings, it'd give more information than what's contained in this generic title. Actually, this is the 1993 college-sports movie more famous these days for what has since been cut out of it (the lying-on-the-highway-dividing-line scenes) than for what was left in.

* "Lawrence of Arabia" (12:05 a.m.-5 a.m., TNT) -- This is the 1962 historical epic in which, in the hands of director David Lean, Peter O'Toole's T. E. Lawrence becomes a Lean, mean fighting machine.

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