An infamous 'psychic' abandons his public persona, outing himself as a fake, to focus on his work as a consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation in order to find "Red John," the madman who killed his wife and daughter.
The show follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court.
S. Epatha Merkerson,
Jesse L. Martin
Famous (and fraudulent) psychic Elliot Blake uses his old mentalist skills to live a lavish lifestyle at the expense of a psychic research institute and hopefully, the US Government. What seems at first like a threat, a test devised by a well-known magician and debunker of psychics, turns out to be his chance for revenge against his former mentor. What he can't foresee is a police lieutenant who knows all the tricks. Written by
Mark Cabot Robinson
The first Columbo episode to air under "The ABC Mystery Movie" (1989). See more »
Just so we understand each other, I've tested hundreds of you people;
your incredible, mystical, psychic gifts.
Surely some were genuine?
None. Not a one. Nothing I couldn't explain and duplicate. That's in case anyone here thinks I'm a believer.
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For the past 30 years, Pasadena has been one of the major filming locales in the world of filmdom.
There were a couple Banacek episodes in the early '70s that particularly showcased two of Pasadena's more famous attractions, the Norton Simon Museum and the Pasadena Playhouse.
Also, an episode of the Munsters from the mid'60s gave viewers a terrific view of Jackie Robinson Field across from the Rose Bowl when Leo Durocher discovered that Herman could hit a baseball 8 blocks.
However, nothing I've seen utilizes the Rose Bowl City quite like this Columbo TV movie.
While examining what's known as "Remote Viewing," i.e., projecting one's thought through space to picture places and events in one's mind from great distance, the locations being "Viewed" are Pasadena's beautiful landmark "Suicide Bridge"; an office tower on Lake Ave. & Colorado Blvd. (Colorado Blvd. is the Rode Parade route); and its classic 1920s city hall, which was used in countless Mission Impossible episodes (among other shows) as a foreign palace, foreign embassy, etc.
BTW, this TV Movie is one of the best of the latter day Columbo's, after Peter Falk's long layoff from the character.
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