The curse of Goodfellas

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 March, 1993, 12:00am

ANOTHER great evening's viewing, although tonight's ''And the Award Goes to . . .'' film is unlikely to live up to expectations.

Not that Goodfellas is a bad film, far from it. But in the original every other word began with F. And we know what that means: either it'll be slashed to pieces or badly dubbed.

Ray Liotta stars as a youth growing up in an Italian-American neighbourhood who longs to become part of the Mob. He's taken in by gangsters Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci - whose ruthless portrayal of a Mafia thug won him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Martin Scorsese directed Goodfellas (Pearl, 9.50pm, original running time 146 mins), which is based on the real-life experiences of Henry Hill. The film is shockingly violent and goes on too long, but mostly it's just plain riveting - or was in its original form. WEEP not though, the alternative Major League (World 9.30pm, ORT 107 mins) is a real feelgood comedy starring Corbin Bernsen, Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger and the song Wild Thing - sorry Wahld Thang - by The Troggs.

Margaret Whitton plays a bitchy baseball team owner who wants to move the franchise from Cleveland to Miami and intends to achieve this by producing a really bad team that won't win a game, nor any fans.

She and the coach assemble a motley crew of bargain basement ball-players who are determined to make the most of their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enter the major league.

It's entirely predictable, but a lot of laughs, particularly the rousing finale. ACTOR Griff Rhys-Jones, who makes up one half of the popular British comic team Alas Smith and Jones, stars in EX (Pearl, 12.40am), a comic drama about a TV writer who's caught between ex-wife and kids and glamorous mistress.

Geraldine James (The Jewel in the Crown) plays the other woman, alias Alice star of the soap opera which Rhys-Jones writes. When she turns up uninvited at his son's birthday party, things start to get out of hand.

BASED on Colette's story of a young French girl who's trained to be a courtesan, the immensely popular 1958 musical Gigi (World, 12.00am, ORT 116 mins) won a staggering nine Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Leslie Caron plays the title role, but it's stately performances from Maurice Chevalier and Hermione Gingold which steal the show, particularly when they sing the Lerner & Loewe standard I Remember It Well.

It's a real sentimental journey.

CHARLIE Charters is hoping to track down the All Blacks during training for tonight's Invitation Sevens Countdown (World, 7.55pm and 11.40pm).

The Kiwis have stated they're going all out to beat three times champions Fiji this year, and Charters will be finding out how.

He'll also be taking a look around that new stadium.