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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 »
User Reviews:
Columbo makes his return after 11 years. See more (9 total) »

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:
The first Columbo episode to air under "The ABC Mystery Movie" (1989).See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Columbo:[referring to the workshop, and demonstrating one of the tricks] The whole place is one big magic trick. You can't believe anything you see.See more »

FAQ

Who is the model for Anthony Zerbe's character?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Columbo makes his return after 11 years., 22 October 2008
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

11 years after the last Columbo movie "Columbo: The Conspirators", Peter Falk returns as the scruffy looking famous Los Angeles police lieutenant. He could had made a far worse comeback, for "Columbo: Columbo Goes to the Guillotine" is simply a solid and well made Columbo movie entry.

For this project they safely picked director Leo Penn, who had already directed the solid Columbo movie "Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm", 16 years earlier. He provides the movie with a steady and pleasant pace, using lots of cuts and dynamic camera-work. I have to say this is really one of the more stylish looking Columbo movies, as if they had more money to spend this time and more time to put in details and make things look more perfect. It probably was also true, since they of course had to ensure that Columbo would be picked up again by the viewers and it all had to be as good and successful again as the 'old' Columbo movies.

Even though it takes a long while for the murder to occur (it occurs after 24 minutes into the movie) and therefore also takes a long while for Lt. Columbo to make his grand entrance, it still is a movie that will keep you interested throughout, due to its nice written and compelling story, even though it sort of 'borrows' at times from the previous Columbo movie "Columbo: Now You See Him ", from 1976.

Anthony Andrews is perfectly cast and he really suits his role well as the movie its murderer. One thing that is very typical for the 'newer', post-'70's Columbo movies is that they mostly feature unknown actors as the movie its 'villains' opposite Lt. Columbo, unlike the 'older' Columbo movies, which always featured some big stars from movie, TV and even from the musical world in it, as the movie its killer. This new approach for the later Columbo movies, with casting mostly unknown actors in the important roles, doesn't always work out as well as it does in this movie though.

Unfortunalty the movie sleeps in a bit in the movie its second halve. Some of the sequences go on for too long and could had made their point much earlier. Seems to me they just HAD to fill around 90 minutes. A bit of a shame, since if this movie entirely would had been more like it's first halve, this movie could had really been among the best Columbo movies out of the long running successful series. The movie tends to get better toward the ending again but its ruined by a more slightly weak ending.

Overall a nice comeback from the good old lieutenant and on par with most other quality Columbo movies.

7/10

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