Movies offer choice to those who aren't game for Games

Several good movies on tonight, for those of you not Olympic-minded.

"A League of Their Own" (8: 30 p.m.-11 p.m., WJZ, Channel 13) Until this movie was released in 1992, a lot of people never knew there was such a thing as women's professional baseball, an invention of Philip K. Wrigley spurred by the lack of available male players during World War II. Geena Davis and Lori Petty are sisters who end up on rival teams, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell are among Geena's teammates and Tom Hanks plays the crusty, drunken manager (based, allegedly, on baseball legend and Maryland native Jimmy Foxx). CBS.


"Party of Five" (9 p.m.-10 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- In tonight's repeat, eldest Party member Charlie (Matthew Fox) is about to be married provided he doesn't succumb to nagging doubts. Fox.

"Champs" (9: 30 p.m.-10 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- This series may be dead in the water, but at least you aren't watching reruns. Tonight, in a plot line that dates back as far as the original "Dick Van Dyke Show," Linda (Ashley Crow) has to choose between her law exam and her daughter's school play. ABC.


"PrimeTime Live" (10 p.m.-11 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Correspondent Jay Schadler spends 10 days hitchhiking across America, mounting a camera on the trucks, cars and vans that pick him up and reporting on the sort of people who give him rides. Be wary of the conclusions that he -- or anyone else -- makes about America based on 10 days on the road, but it sounds like he met some interesting people. ABC.


"Body Snatchers" (8 p.m.-9: 30 p.m., Cinemax) -- A wonderfully creepy film that's more than equal to either of its two "Body Snatcher" predecessors, this 1993 film stars Gabrielle Anwar (who tangoed so memorably in "Scent of a Woman") as the girl who begins to suspect her parents are no longer whom they once were, but have been turned into emotionless pod people. The scene in her brother's kindergarten class, where he's the last non-pod person there, is a real chiller.

"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (10: 35 p.m.-1: 35 a.m., TBS) -- Australian George Lazenby played James Bond only this once, earning a footnote in cinema history between Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Watch this and see if he deserved anything better.

Pub Date: 7/24/96