TCM Big Screen Classics 2019: epics, musicals, anniversaries and ‘Oz’

The Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics film series returns in January with another full slate of classic films, starting with the wonderful “Wizard of Oz” on Jan. 27, 29 and 30.

Of the 14 films, 12 will be celebrating an anniversary, from a 25th (“The Shawshank Redemption”) all the way to an 80th (“The Wizard of Oz”). That means film buffs will surely have new home video releases and other merchandise to add to their collections.

TCM Big Screen loyalists should note there is not a set schedule as there has been in previous years. While all the films have showings on Sundays, the second day varies from Tuesday or Wednesday and the times are different. Also, five of the films are expected to be so popular, they are being shown over three days (Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday).

Tickets go on sale Dec. 7 via fathomevents.com.

Here’s the schedule.

January
“The Wizard of Oz,” Jan. 27, 29 and 30.
One of the greatest classics in the truest sense of the word fittingly opens the film series in a year that marks its 80th anniversary. Times: 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.

February
“My Fair Lady,” Feb. 17 and 20.
Audrey Hepburn undergoes one of the screen’s most famous transformations in the 55th anniversary screening of George Cukor’s Oscar-winning 1964 musical. Times: 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17; 3 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Gregory Peck earned an Oscar for “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

March
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” March 24 and 27.
Gregory Peck’s Oscar-winning performance as Atticus Finch was named the greatest hero of all time in the American Film Institute’s “100 Heroes & Villains” poll. Times: 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24; noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27.

April
“Ben-Hur,” April 14 and 17.
The 60th anniversary screening of William Wyler’s epic gives us the chance to see it in all its glory on the big screen. Times: 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14; 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 17.

May
“True Grit,” May 5 and 8.
Rooster Cogburn was the role that finally gave John Wayne his much-delayed and deserved Oscar in Henry Hathaway’s Western. This marks its 50th anniversary. Times: 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5;  noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8.

“Steel Magnolias,” May 19, 21 and 22.
The 30th anniversary of box office hit features a stellar cast of actresses including Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Julia Roberts. Times: 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19; 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21; 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 22.

June
“Field of Dreams,” June 16 and 18.
Let’s say it together: If you show it, they will come. Kevin Costner’s father-son story wrapped in the guise of a baseball film has endured since its release 30 years ago. Times: 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 16; 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 18.

July
“Glory,” July 21 and 24.
Another 30th anniversary screening, this one for Civil War drama starring Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Matthew Broderick and Denzel Washing in his Oscar winning role. Times: 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21; 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24.

A 50th anniversary screening of “Hello, Dolly!” is part of the TCM Big Screen Classics in 2019.

August
“Hello, Dolly!,” Aug. 11 and 14.
It can’t be 50 years – can it? Yes, it was 1969 when Barbra Streisand took the world by storm in Gene Kelly’s film adaptation of the Broadway comedy. Times: 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11; noon and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

September
“Lawrence of Arabia,” Sept. 1 and 4.
Another film that demands the big-screen treatment. Times: 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1; 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star in “The Shawshank Redemption.”

“The Shawshank Redemption,” Sept. 22, 24 and 25.
It’s the 25th anniversary for the prison drama based on a short story by Stephen King. Times: 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25.

October
“Alien,” Oct. 13, 15 and 16.
The reverberations of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi/horror film are still being felt in the movie industry 40 years after its release. Times: 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15; 7 p.m.  Wednesday, Oct. 16.

November
“The Godfather Part II,” Nov. 10, 12 and 13.
It’s the 45th anniversary for the film considered by many to be the greatest sequel ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s film won six Oscars. Times: 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13.

December
“When Harry Met Sally,” Dec. 1 and 3.
The Rob Reiner-Nora Ephron comedy that kicks off the TCM Film Festival in 2019, closes out the Big Screen Classics series. Times: 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 1; 4 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3.

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