Adrian Carsini is a fanatical wine connoisseur who operates an elite winery on the California coast. When Adrian's indifferent brother, who owns the winery property, threatens to sell it, Adrian bludgeons him in a fit of rage, then binds and places his brother in his air-tight wine vault while he travels to New York to attend a conference. Adrian disposes of the body on his return in such a way as to make his brother's demise look like a scuba diving accident, but Adrian hadn't reckoned on the canny Lieutenant Columbo from LAPD's Homicide Division (a cigar-smoking detective with many fetishes: a constantly referred-to but unseen wife, an old car, and a rumpled raincoat). In his usual patronizing manner, Columbo suspects Carsini almost immediately, befriending him while slyly searching for clues to link Carsini to the killing.
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7 October 1973 (USA)
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Also Known As:
"Columbo - Wein ist dicker als Blut" (1975)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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The car driven by Ric Carsini and hidden by his brother Adrian is a 1966 Ferrari 330 GTS. The four-seater model had a 4 litre V12 Colombo engine. See more
When Columbo is talking to the cop standing next to the victim's car he declares that "it must have cost a year's salary". A very expensive sports car like that would have taken several years of a cop's salary to buy. See more
I'm afraid I don't know very much about motor-cars, Lieutenant. My life begins, and ends, with wine.
References This Gun for Hire
This Old Man
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