Notable videos for the week of July 13, 1990

Notable videos for the week of July 13, 1990

Age-Old Friends (1989, HBO, $89.99)
Despite fine acting by Wilford Brimley and Hume Cronyn, this cliche-riddled TV movie about two buddies in their twilight years amounts to a moralistic reminder that old people have feelings, too. C-

Clownhouse (1990, RCA/ Columbia, $89.95)
Young boy’s pathological fear of clowns becomes a real handicap when three escaped maniacs in Bozo outfits break into his house. Other than a few creepy moments, this is just a campfire scare-story, clumsily told. D

Mandela: Free at Last (1990, JCI, $14.95)
An absorbing look at the celebrated ex-prisoner and his country’s ongoing struggle. Originally aired as part of the PBS South Africa Now series hosted by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. A

Music, Memories and Milestones (1988, White Star, $19.95)
These compilations of newsreels and other historical images from mid-century are fun to watch, but so sloppily thrown together you’re not sure what you’re seeing. Four volumes: the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s. Black and white. C

*Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988, Orion, $19.98)
Steve Martin and Michael Caine show off their comic flair playing a pair of con men out to fleece rich women on the Riviera. B+

Gandhi (1982, RCA/ Columbia, $29.95, PG)
It took Richard Attenborough more than 20 years to get this epic made, and his efforts were repaid with eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Ben Kingsley as the Indian leader. A

License to Drive (1988, CBS/Fox, $19.98, PG-13)
It’s lighter than fluff, but what can you expect from a movie about a teenage boy obsessed with getting his driver’s license? Featuring Hollywood Coreys Haim and Feldman. C+

The Palm Beach Story (1942, MCA, $29.95)
Joel McCrea, Rudy Vallee, and Claudette Colbert were never funnier than in writer-director Preston Sturges’ fast-paced comedy about love on the run, millionaire nerds, and a madcap band of middle-aged hunters called the Ale & Quail Club. Black and white. A

The Pick-Up Artist (1987, CBS/Fox, $19.98, PG-13)
Robert Downey Jr. stars as a post-adolescent Casanova who gets a jolt of sensitivity from a sweet conquest, inevitably played by Molly Ringwald. C

A Soldier’s Story (1984, RCA/Columbia, $19.95, PG)
A black officer’s investigation of a murder at a segregated World War II army base highlights the conflict between black identity and assimilation. Great cast includes Howard E. Rollins Jr., Adolph Caesar, and Denzel Washington. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. A-

Sullivan’s Travels (1941, MCA, $29.95)
Disguised in hobo’s rags, a disillusioned Hollywood director (Joel McCrea) travels across Depression-ravaged America. Also starring Veronica Lake, this is Preston Sturges’ finest film. Black and white. A+

The Wild Bunch (1969, Warner, $19.98, R)
Faced with newfangled cars and machine guns, a band of American bank robbers flees south of the border, only to get caught in the Mexican Revolution. Sam Peckinpah’s tight, violent tale stars William Holden. A