P228 ORACLE 228 Sun 1 Jan HTV 0020:00       New Year's Eve 09.45  LAPUTA - THE FLYING ISLAND (1986) (c) A stylish and ambitious cartoon feature of 'Star Wars' dimensions which centres on the amazing adventures of a girl who becomes caught up in an epic battle for possession of a magic Levitation Stone. The legendary flying island which gives the movie its title was created by Dean Swift in 'Gulliver's Travels'. The rest - including good pirates, killer robots and a vivid mixture of the f!lhliar and the futuristic - comes from the fertile imagination of its Japanese filmmakers. (Alan Fra.C( more follows > TV Plus...220 What's On...230 ITV Today TV Guide What's On Adverts
P228 ORACLE 228 Sun 1 Jan HTV 0021:06       New Year's Day 00.05  THE GAUNTLET (19734 Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke (c) Eastwood scores in front of the cameras as a policeman sent to Las Vegas to pick up a supposedly unimportant witness Locke and transport her to Phoenix. But he ends up fighting for their lives as corrupt officials try to kill them... Credibility isn't the strong suit here, but action certainly is, staged with exciting flair by Eastwood's muscular direction. The climactic bus ride is a genuine edge of the seat affair with enough bullets flying to scare Rambo! (Alan Frank) more follows > TV Plus...220 What's On...230 ITV Today TV Guide What's On Adverts
P228 ORACLE 228 Sun 1 Jan HTV 0025:10       New Year's Day 04.00  THE GUMBALL RALLY (1976) Michael Sarrazin, Gary Busey (c) Motorized mayhem of the no holds barred variety later ripped off in 'Cannonball Run' comedies. This was the first - and still the best - with funny characters, great cartoon-style action, good stunts and fast-paced direction by Chuck Ball. You can safely leave critical faculties in neutral and simply sit back to enjoy the zany antics of the assorted drivers vying for glory in a cross-country race from New York to California. Raul Julia steals the show as a lecherous Italian. (Alan Fra.g4 more follows > TV Plus...220 What's On...230
P228 ORACLE 228 Sun 1 Jan HTV 0021:05       New Year's Eve 17.25  HERBIE GOES TO MONTE CARLO (1977) Dean Jones, Julie Sommars (c) Disney took their talented VW Beetle on a trip to Paris and Monaco for one more outing (his third) in which owner Jones is involved with jewel thieves and with Sommars and Herbie falls in love with a Lancia. The mixture of comedy, suspense and stunts is smartly blended into top- notch fun by director Vincent McEveety. Herbie easily outshines mere humans but Jones and Company put up a strong fight against the metal megastar, commdndably keeping up with his crazy comic capers. (Anne Franc( more follows > TV Plus...220 What's On...230 ITV Today TV Guide What's On Adverts