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'All Quiet' on rerun-laden night


There are an unusually high number of repeats on TV tonight: "Homicide: Life on the Street," "The X-Files," "Family Matters," "Boy Meets World." But there are plenty of good movies airing today, so maybe all those repeats are for the best. Makes one's viewing choices kind of easy.

* "Due South" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Here's the only network show tonight that's not a special, repeat or returning series. Fraser (Paul Gross) is accused of causing an accident that destroys a chicken breeder's eggs. Sound promising? I thought not. CBS.

* "Sliders" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This series about a brilliant graduate student on an interdimensional journey without apparent end returns after hiatus. The stars include John Rhys-Davies ("Raiders of the Lost Ark") as one of the travelers. Tonight, the group lands in a world ruled by a mysterious figure known as The Sorcerer. Fox.

* "Sergei Grinkov: Celebration of a Life" (9 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) -- Neither his family, fans nor fellow skaters were prepared when pairs skater Grinkov died of a heart attack in November. In a moving tribute taped Tuesday in Hartford, Conn., such prominent skaters as Katarina Witt, Brian Boitano, Kurt Browning, Kristi Yamaguchi and Oksana Baiul perform in his memory. His wife, Ekaterina Gordeeva, will also take to the ice for the first time publicly since her husband's death. CBS.

* "Hypernauts" (9:30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Beginning tomorrow, you'll have to catch this series detailing the adventures of three teen-age space academy cadets every Saturday morning at 10. For its prime-time debut, the cadets are assigned to routine garbage duty that unexpectedly results in an encounter with an unknown life form. ABC.


* "The Jazz Singer" (5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., TCM) -- This first talking film (actually, it's mostly silent, with some talking parts shoehorned in) isn't really much of a movie, but it's a fascinating historical landmark.

* "All Quiet on the Western Front" (10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., AMC) -- The first truly great film to win the Academy Award for best picture is, 65 years after its premiere, still the best anti-war movie ever made. The scene where a soldier who's just returned home on a furlough (Lew Ayres) chews out a professor for glorifying war in front of his class is extremely moving, and the last shot, of a soldier reaching for a butterfly, is a cinema classic.

* "Raging Bull" (12:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m., TCM) -- Regarded by some as the top film of the 1980s, it certainly contains one of the greatest performances ever -- Robert De Niro as the human punching bag Jake LaMotta. Director Martin Scorsese has made far more than your basic sports film, as he details LaMotta's efforts to live his life under the same rules he followed in the ring. (As a bonus, the film will be shown in letterbox format, so you'll see it in the same proportions as it was shown in theaters).

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