Reel 13 – April lineup

Air date: 04/07/2012


“The Great Train Robbery,” “The Station Agent,” and “Speakeasy” also on roster

Academy Award winner Meryl Streep’s acclaimed 1981 role in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” is one of several outstanding performances on THIRTEEN’S Reel 13 in April, from Peter Riegert’s appealing turn in “Local Hero” to Peter Dinklage’s breakout role in “The Station Agent” to Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn’s priceless pratfalls in “Bringing Up Baby.”

Thirty years before her win for “The Iron Lady,” Streep was nominated for as Oscar for her dual role in director Karel Reisz’s adaptation of John Fowles’ best seller (with a screenplay by playwright Harold Pinter). She lost out to Katharine Hepburn for “On Golden Pond,” but Streep walked away with Best Actress Awards from the Golden Globes, the BAFTAs, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

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April 7

“Local Hero” (1983) Dir: Bill Forsyth

An oilman goes native in a quirky Scottish town when there on business. With Peter Riegert, Burt Lancaster, and Denis Lawson.

“Speakeasy” (2002) Dir: Brendan Murphy

Two men become unlikely friends. Stars David Strathairn, Nicky Katt and Stacy Edwards.


April 14

“Bringing Up Baby” (1938) Dir: Howard Hawks

An heiress, a paleontologist and a leopard meet cute in this classic screwball comedy. Stars Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Charles Ruggles.

“The Station Agent” (2003) Dir: Thomas McCarthy

A train-obsessed man (Peter Dinklage) tries to maintain his solitude. With Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale.


April 21

“The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981) Dir: Karel Reisz

The relationship of two actors on a movie set parallels the Victorian characters they are playing. With Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, and Hilton McRae.

“Protektor” (2009) Dir: Marek Najbrt

A Czech journalist tries to protect his Jewish wife during WWII. With Matthias Brandt, Jan Budar and Marek Daniel


April 28

“The Great Train Robbery” (1979) Dir: Michael Crichton

Two men plot to rob a moving train’s safe in Victorian England in 1855. With Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland, and Lesley-Anne Down.

“In the Weeds” (2000) Dir: Michael Rauch

Dark comedy set at a NYC restaurant. Repeats early Sun 29th, 2:30am. Joshua Leonard, Molly Ringwald and Ellen Pompeo


Reel 13 is funded by the Sy Syms Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, and the Rubin Museum of Art. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


David Horn is executive producer.  Bob Morris is senior producer.  Colleen McHugh is associate producer. Kevin Alexander is production assistant.


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