We are declaring war on the Saturday afternoon doldrums. At 5:15 p.m. ET we’re showing “The Great Raid.” The film is based on the real life events surrounding the waning days of World War II, when General Douglas MacArthur chose to send Lt. Col. Henry Mucci to lead the Sixth Ranger Battalion behind enemy lines to liberate the American prisoners. Mucci leads his men on a life-or-death raid against forces known for their savagery. And, ladies, don’t think we’ve forgotten you: This film stars Benjamin Bratt and James Franco.
But wait, there’s more! Stanley Kubrick’s brutal-yet-brilliant tale of boot camp and Vietnam, “Full Metal Jacket,” airs at 8:05 p.m. ET. It’s followed by Nicholas Cage getting rich selling the weapons of war in “Lord of War” at 10:35 p.m. ET. Cage stars as Yuri Orlov an opportunistic businessman who stumbled into a gold mine after the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union. His dealings have made him rich, but have also garnered him the unwanted attention of an Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke), who is convinced Orlov isn’t playing by the rules.
The films are fantastic, but we also hope you’ll consider it a subtle reminder of things to be thankful for next week while you’re gathered around a turkey watching Uncle Murray pick brussel sprouts out of his teeth with his fork.
“The Great Raid” airs on IFC Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5:15 p.m. ET and Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5:15 p.m. ET; “Full Metal Jacket” airs Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:05 p.m. ET and Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 and 11 p.m. ET; “Lord of War” airs