Daryl doubled -- as a giant in a clan

TODAY'S TV

December 11, 1993|By David Bianculli | David Bianculli,Contributing Writer

Tonight's big cable matchup: Hannah vs. Hannah. HBO has Daryl Hannah in a brand-new tongue-in-cheek remake of "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman," while Lifetime has her in a smaller role (in terms of overall size, that is) in 1986's "The Clan of the Cave Bear." As usually is the case in these types of bouts, the larger combatant has a distinct advantage.

* "Saturday Night Live" (11:30 p.m.-1 a.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Sally Field is guest host, so we can see whether her stand-up skills have improved all these years after filming "Punchline" with Tom Hanks. Musical guest: Tony! Toni! Tone! I'm not excited about it! That's the group's exclamation-point-filled name! NBC.

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* "Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman" (8-9:30 p.m., HBO) -- Joseph Dougherty, who wrote "Cast a Deadly Spell" for HBO, has taken a bad "B" movie and, with director Christopher Guest, updated it with a feminist message, but with special effects nearly as cheesy as the original. Well, not really: The special effects in the original "50 Ft. Woman" consisted almost entirely of a giant hand and a big white ball. It also ended up with all three principal characters being killed without saying so much as a word, an ending that's entirely rewritten this time around. Daryl Hannah as the not-so-jolly giant, Daniel Baldwin as her philandering husband, and Christi Conaway as the sexy mistress all stick around for the end, and earn their respective rewards. It's a fun spoof, and the giant woman's stroll through town is photographed with a lot more wit and style than most "real" television movies.

* "The Clan of the Cave Bear" (8-10 p.m., LIF) -- Here's Hannah again, but with fewer lines this time.

* "Enter the Dragon" (8-10 p.m., USA) -- Bruce Lee's best movie, at least from a martial-arts standpoint, is this one from 1973, in which he steals the show from John Saxon and other higher-billed stars.

* "Wizards of the Demon Sword" (11 p.m.-1 a.m., USA) -- What other movie gives you Russ Tamblyn and Lyle Waggoner in the same film? What other one would want to?

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