Adrian Carsini is a fanatical wine connoisseur who operates an elite winery on the California coast. When Adrian's indifferent brother, who owns the winery property, threatens to sell it, Adrian bludgeons him in a fit of rage, then binds and places his brother in his air-tight wine vault while he travels to New York to attend a conference. Adrian disposes of the body on his return in such a way as to make his brother's demise look like a scuba diving accident, but Adrian hadn't reckoned on the canny Lieutenant Columbo from LAPD's Homicide Division (a cigar-smoking detective with many fetishes: a constantly referred-to but unseen wife, an old car, and a rumpled raincoat). In his usual patronizing manner, Columbo suspects Carsini almost immediately, befriending him while slyly searching for clues to link Carsini to the killing. Written by
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One of the few times Columbo mentions he and his wife having kids. At one point he says Mrs. Columbo may join them for dinner if they can get a babysitter. "You know how it is when you have kids," he says. Earlier, he mentions going on a picnic with his wife and "my kid." See more
At the end of the film, when Columbo is explaining to Carsini how he solved the case, he lights a cigar which he then removes from his mouth with his right hand. The shot changes to a close-up - in the middle of a line of dialogue so there is no delay - and he is now holding the cigar in his left hand and the book of matches in his right. See more
I guess, uh, freedom is purely relative.
References This Gun for Hire
This Old Man
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk See more