Picks and Pans Review: Taping Tip

updated 06/27/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/27/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE BIG PICTURES SUNDAY NIGHT (JUNE 26) BRINGS A battle of the movie titans. NBC presents El Cid (7 p.m. ET), the recently refurbished 1961 epic that stars Charlton Heston as an 11th-century Spanish nobleman who fought against the Moors. (By the by, the name of Heston's hero would translate into modern vernacular as The Donald.) Then comes Gettysburg (8 p.m. ET) on TNT. The lavish re-creation of the pivotal Civil War battle stars Martin Sheen (as Robert E. Lee) and the proverbial cast of thousands, including Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Sam Elliott and, in his last movie, the late Richard Jordan. The film, which concludes the following night at the same time, never captures the fierce lyricism of the novel on which it is based: Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels. But like so many of the men in Pickett's Charge, it dies trying.

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