Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Cries Wolf 

When the business-savvy publisher of a "Playboy"-type men's magazine wants to sell her stock to a Rupert Murdoch-like media tycoon, she apparently disappears on a London-bound flight.

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Sean Brantley
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Tina
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Sir Harry Matthews
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Cosner
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Police Chief
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The Mayor
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Dian Hunter
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Herself
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Wilson
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What happened to businesswoman Diane Hunter? Everyone thinks she went on a trip to England to sell her majority share of men's magazine Bachelor's World, but she never showed up to her meeting. Lieutenant Columbo is sure that her business partner and ex-lover, photographer Sean Brantley, killed her to keep her from selling. But proving it is another thing entirely, and Sean has a few surprises for everyone's favorite homicide cop... Written by Leaper

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20 January 1990 (USA)  »

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First time a Columbo episode features a song from popular music, "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals. See more »

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Although Dian sends messages to Sean from various European countries (and she - or her murderer - left the United States entirely), no mention is ever made of trying to track or stop either of them by way of international Customs authorities. See more »

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Lt. Columbo: You put me in the position of the little boy who cried wolf.
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Drive Me Crazy
Fine Young Cannibals
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Convoluted story makes this Columbo hard to watch
13 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

COLUMBO CRIES WOLF is my least favourite Columbo to date. It's one of the more modern offerings that feels strained, thanks to efforts to distance it away from the usual set-up and layout of a typical Columbo movie. In this one, we don't actually see a murder at the beginning, just a disappearance, so this has the unusual aspect of watching the detective investigating a crime that he doesn't even know was committed.

It has potential, for sure, but that's wasted away in an increasingly convoluted narrative that becomes ridiculous by the climax. Falk does his best with the material, and there are a few funny and goofy moments (typically involving his embarrassment at being surrounded by nubile young women in their bathing suits) but it's a far cry from the classic episodes of the long-running series. The supporting cast are also very hammy, particularly the grinning Ian Buchanan, although it's fun to see familiar faces like Alan Scarfe (DOUBLE IMPACT) and Mark Margolis (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM).


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