Business Wire, Sept 3, 2002

Entertainment Editors

JERICHO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 3, 2002

On Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, AMC presents the "Wild, Wild Best" festival, a weekend-long marathon of 12 western movies. The movie line-up encompasses comedies, dramas and documentaries.

The festival begins on Saturday, September 7 at 12:45 PM (ET) with THE RARE BREED (1966). James Stewart, as cattleman Sam "Bulldog" Burnett, agrees to help Martha Evans (Maureen O'Hara) and her daughter Hilary (Juliet Mills) bring the first Hereford cattle to the American West. But even this old pro doubts that the sole bull can survive the dangers of the trail. (Also on Sunday, September 8 at 7:45 AM.) Next, at 2:30 PM, James Stewart is Charlie Anderson, a Virginia farmer who refuses to get involved in the Civil War until one of his sons is taken prisoner in SHENANDOAH (1965). Katharine Ross co-stars. (Also at 1:45 AM.)

In Otto Preminger's allegorical Western RIVER OF NO RETURN (1954), airing at 4:30 PM (ET), Robert Mitchum portrays a farmer, just out of prison, who reunites with his young son. When their horse is stolen, they're forced to fight their way downriver, along with a troubled saloon singer (Marilyn Monroe). All three must face their own internal problems as well as the raging river. (Also at 10:15 PM and on Sunday, September 8 at 11:25 AM.)

TRUE GRIT (1969), airing at 8:00 PM (ET) on Saturday, stars John Wayne as a stubborn, retired U.S. Marshall recruited by a young tomboy (Kim Darby) to track down her father's killers. Glen Campbell co-stars as a greedy Texas bounty hunter. Wayne garnered the Oscar(R) for Best Actor. (Also on Sunday, September 8 at 5:45 PM.)

Other highlights on Saturday, September 7, include LAST TRAIN FROM GUN HILL (1959), FORT TI (1953), and THE MAKING OF BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1970).

The festival continues on Sunday, September 8. Airing at 1:05 PM (ET) is Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1969). Henry Fonda portrays a notorious villain who partners with a stranger known only as "Harmonica" (Charles Bronson) to protect the land of widow Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale). Jason Robards co-stars. (Also at 11:45 PM.) Following, at 4:00 PM (ET), Gregory Peck stars as Jim Douglass, a widow so desperate to avenge his wife's murder that he nearly becomes as sadistic as the killers themselves, in THE BRAVADOS (1958). Joan Collins co-stars. (Also at 10:00 PM.)

At 8:00 PM (ET), James Stewart is Mace Bishop, who poses as a hangman so he can free his brother (Dean Martin) and a gang of outlaws before they're hung in BANDOLERO! (1968). When they flee to Mexico the elder Bishop convinces the younger to give up his life of crime, but a cruel fate befalls them. Raquel Welch and George Kennedy co-star. (Also at 2:45 AM.)

Other highlights on Sunday, September 8, include the comic Western ALIAS JESSE JAMES (1959) and STRANGER WORE A GUN (1953). A complete schedule of films and airtimes follows.

AMC is a premiere 24-hour movie network dedicated to the world of American film. With one of the finest, most comprehensive libraries of popular films, and a diverse blend of original series, documentaries and interstitials, AMC offers an elegant and contemporary entertainment destination. AMC is a fully distributed network reaching over 83,000,000 U.S. homes (as of July 2002) and ranking #16 in size among all 55 networks.

Charles Bronson

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