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The Independent Culture
PETER FONDA has not generally maintained as high a profile as Dennis Hopper, his co-star in Easy Rider, the film that made them both. However, he made a notable splash in Ulee's Gold (8pm Sky Premier, right), Victor Nunez's well-made film, showing on satellite for the first time tonight. Fonda gained critical plaudits as well as an Oscar nomination for his understated performance as a beekeeper in the north Florida swamplands who is struggling to bring up two granddaughters in the absence of his imprisoned son. Trouble flares when his son's criminal associates resurface.

Gloria (8pm FilmFour) was remade recently with Sharon Stone, but Gena Rowlands stars here in the original directed by her husband John Cassavetes. She plays a tough ex-chorus girl who takes in the sole survivor of a family wiped out by the Mob.