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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:
One of the best of the "new" Columbos See more (14 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 
 
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)
Hugo Santiago .... assistant art director (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)
Joe 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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
When Tommy does the card trick for Columbo in the magic shop he holds the deck a bit too high for the camera angle - you can see that, in fact, the entire deck is made up of Aces of Diamonds.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the magician demonstrates the guillotine to Columbo for the first time, he has Columbo lay down on the bench and he puts the wooden collar over his neck. He then lowers the inside track from horizontal ("safe" position) to perpendicular so the blade can come down. After the blade drops he removes the collar, but the track is back in the horizontal position without him putting it back to "safe".See more »
Quotes:
Elliott Blake:The third card after a wavy line is always false. How many times have we been through this?
Dr. Paula Hall:I'm sorry, Elliott. I - I tried.
Elliott Blake:'Try' to understand; there's a precision to all this, and it starts with the premise that you will lose your institute unless you please the military and Mr. Harrow. Do you think you pleased them, Paula?
Dr. Paula Hall:No, not yet.
Elliott Blake:Not yet, because you gave them 74% accuracy when you and I agreed to set a level of 86%.
Dr. Paula Hall:Right! We'll rehearse it...
[picks up ESP cards]
Dr. Paula Hall:again. The first answer after the square is always true, unless there's an intervening circle, and the second answer after a wavy line is always false, unless that wavy line itself is false... or is it true?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Endeavour: Harvest (#4.4)" (2017)See more »

FAQ

Who is the model for Anthony Zerbe's character?
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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
One of the best of the "new" Columbos, 20 November 1999
Author: Rosabel from Ottawa, Canada

This is not the first time Columbo has entered the world of magic and illusion in the course of his investigations; it is an ideal setting for murder, with its built-in "things are not what they seem to be" theme. This movie, however, goes into greater detail exploring the mechanics of trickery, and adds in the richer theme of (supposed) paranormal phenomena to make things more confusing. A renowned magician and debunker of fake mystics (perhaps modelled somewhat on James Randi) declares that a celebrated young psychic is the genuine article, and has actually succeeded in passing rigorous laboratory tests to prove his psychic ability. In fact, the psychic is a fake, as the magician is fully aware, but a combination of guilt and sentiment over some shared history between the two men leads him to cover up for the young man, who takes advantage of this weakness to kill him. Columbo must not only work his way through the tricky surfaces presented by professional magicians, he has to also deal with a murderer who has been authoritatively declared a genuine psychic by the victim. The most useful advice he gets comes from a rather snotty little boy who is a magic buff and tells him "It's a trick. You start out knowing it's a trick, and then you figure out how to do it." Watching Columbo learn how to duplicate the apparently mystical feats of his opponent is highly enjoyable.

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