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"Columbo" Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (1989)

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by) ...
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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
6 February 1989 (Season 8, Episode 1)
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Plot:
An egocentric psychic murders his old mentor, a magician charged to expose him as fraud, by beheading him while he's rehearsing his guillotine trick. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Falk ... Columbo

Anthony Andrews ... Elliott Blake

Karen Austin ... Dr. Paula Hall
James Greene ... Bert Spindler

Alan Fudge ... Mr. Harrow
Dana Andersen ... Dori

Robert Costanzo ... Sgt. Russo

Anthony Zerbe ... Max Dyson

Michael Bacall ... Tommy

Charles Howerton ... Colonel Eckherdt
Milt Kogan ... Medical Examiner

Tony Amendola ... Clergyman
Rob Garrison ... Young Man

Frank Simons ... Polygraph Operator
Lenny Hicks ... Eddie
Ben Yudell ... Kevin
Nick DeMauro ... Locksmith (as Nick Demauro)
Peter Noel Duhamel ... Detective

Steve Zettler ... Lieutenant Bravo
Andrew Philpot ... Captain Alpha
Charles Champion ... Major Charlie

Christopher Hart ... Magician at Cemetary
Dan Birch ... Magician at Cemetary

Episode Crew
Directed by
Leo Penn 
 
Writing credits
Richard Levinson (created by) &
William Link (created by)

William Read Woodfield (written by)

Produced by
Peter Falk .... co-executive producer
Stanley Kallis .... producer
William Link .... supervising executive producer
John A. Martinelli .... associate producer
Philip Saltzman .... supervising producer
Richard Alan Simmons .... executive producer
Abby Singer .... coordinating producer
Peter V. Ware .... co-producer
Todd London .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Seaman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John A. Martinelli 
 
Production Design by
Archie J. Bacon  (as Arch Bacon)
 
Art Direction by
Cameron Birnie 
Hugo Santiago (assistant art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Richard B. Goddard 
 
Costume Design by
Brienne Glyttov  (as Brienne)
 
Makeup Department
Carolyn Elias .... hairstylist
Greg LaCava .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Abby Singer .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brenda Kalosh .... second assistant director
Richard A. Wells .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Thomas R. Cahill .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bruce Wayne Mecchi .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as Jim Alexander)
Deni King .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeff Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
William Mayer .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Lee Nakahara .... camera operator (uncredited)
Randall Robinson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Joseph Staton .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Darlene Kaplan .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael J. Long .... costume supervisor (as Michael Long)
Karen Bellamy .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Laurie Higgins Tobias .... supervising music editor (as Laurie L. Higgins)
Mike Post .... composer: "Mystery Movie" theme
 
Other crew
Jackson Gillis .... executive story consultant
Bruce Sinclair .... magic technical advisor
Robert Visciglia Jr. .... special consultant (as R.J. Visciglia)
Huey Redwine .... stand-in (uncredited)
 

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Levinson  creator
William Link  creator

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Runtime:
Germany:87 min | USA:120 min (including commercials) | USA:93 min (DVD) | USA:98 min
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (video rating) | Denmark:15 (2007) (DVD) | Finland:K-18 (2007) (DVD) (self applied) | Finland:K-12 (1989) (VHS) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 | Norway:15 (2007) (DVD) | Sweden:15 (2007) (DVD) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (2008) | USA:Unrated

Did You Know?

Trivia:
On the wall of Max's workshop is a framed poster of Randi - this is The Amazing Randi, a magician turned skeptic and debunker of fake psychics, who is obviously the model for the character of Max Dyson.See more »
Quotes:
Medical Examiner:[talking to a reporter] Both doors were locked from the inside. Freight elevator, locked. The door to the stairs, locked. The safety bolt over there, it's hangin' from its chain, I mean, the guy obviously screwed up. I'm gonna give you this one as an accident and you can count on it.
[Columbo picks up guillotine collar from the floor]
Medical Examiner:Hey, that was off when I got here.
Lt. Columbo:It was off when I got here, too.
Medical Examiner:[to reporter] I mean, it could have been a suicide, but whoever heard of a suicide with a guillotine? I'm still gonna give you this one as an accident.
[...]
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FAQ

Who is the model for Anthony Zerbe's character?
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
a winning newer Columbo, 23 December 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

When Columbo returned to television in the late '80s, the integrity of the original series was usually in place. The qualities that made Columbo tops were never more apparent than in "Columbo Goes to the Guillotine," with guest stars Anthony Andrews, Anthony Zerbe, and Karen Austin. Andrews plays a psychic being wooed by a government organization for his gifts, but of course, they want to see proof. He is connected with a psychic institute run by beautiful Karen Austin, who not only wants the credibility a win like this could give her institute, but Andrews himself. She is running tests and helping him cheat.

Enter Zerbe, a magician who makes his living debunking psychics. He is brought in by the government to administer special tests to Andrews. Turns out, he and Andrews knew each other once, long ago, in a third world prison, and when Zerbe saw his chance to get out, he did, leaving Andrews behind. There is a hint here of more than just a prison friendship - in the hands of two excellent actors like Zerbe and Andrews, they have etched these characters and their relationship with a lot of layers. Andrews plays the card of their old friendship to get Zerbe to give him elaborate tests that are carried out by trickery, and then sanction him as real to the government. This accomplished, Andrews plays the revenge card for what Zerbe did by abandoning him years ago and, in a remarkable scene, gets rid of him. It's brilliantly done as the murder is never shown, but it makes you sick anyway.

It's up to Columbo to debunk the psychic and reveal him for what he really is, a cold-blooded killer. Watch Columbo figure out the tests, with the help of a boy who is a magic aficionado, and be prepared to be caught up in the scenario and feel like you've just seen a pretty great magic show. One of the truly great Columbos.

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