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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:
A decent effort, could have used a better villain 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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Additional Details

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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 psychic research foundation where the testing takes place is the Annemann Institute. This is an homage to Theodore "Theo" Annemann, a famous American magician from the first half of the 20th century. His specialty was Mentalism and he heavily influenced both mentalists and magicians who came after.See more »
Quotes:
Max Dyson:What are you going to do about the test, Elliott?
Elliott Blake:I'm going to try and fool you, Max. Unless you back off.
Max Dyson:I can't do that. You can.
Elliott Blake:No, no, no. Gone too far now.
Max Dyson:For both of us. You better be good, kid.
Elliott Blake:Oh, I am, Max. I'm very good.
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FAQ

Who is the model for Anthony Zerbe's character?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A decent effort, could have used a better villain, 13 March 2014
Author: zmartever from United States

I was excited to see the Columbo episodes that were made in the late '80s and beyond, mainly because i really haven't seen most of them, unlike the original series, where i have seen (and loved) them all. This episode, the first after a decade long break, starts off promising.I wish they had used a bigger star as the villain because that was always part of the fun, as villains go the guy in this episode is a bit lackluster for me. Actually, they should have used the guy who ended up playing the magician as the villain....much better actor and more menacing by far than the guy that ended up the villain. Another gripe is the music....its pretty dreadful. Like something from "murder she wrote", no disrespect.

Now for the good part.....Peter Falk is just priceless.....he may be a bit older and not quite as sharp but as clever as always. Considering he was in his 60's here, he still pulls it off well. Looking forward to watching all of the newer episodes.... Best moment : columbo making awed facial expressions as the phony psychic scans the crimescene for clues. I was laughing out loud.

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