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Description: An isolated farmhouse is selected as a hide-out by Jim and Charlie after an armed robbery. The Deleye family are forced to agree the case under Jim's brutal domination. Badly wounded Charlie, a gentle character, takes Lisa's room but keeps her baby as hostage. As the local Police close in the family's unhappiness is uncovered and the tension in the house grows as the surrounding forest becomes a battleground for units exercises. Lisa and Charlie are later making love, Hugo is killed by Jim and the scene is set for a final and bloody shootout.
Description: An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to create ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his whole life.
Description: After the WWI Armistice Lloyd Hart goes back to practice law, former saloon keeper George Hally turns to bootlegging, and out-of-work Eddie Bartlett becomes a cab driver. Eddie builds a fleet of cabs through delivery of bootleg liquor and hires Lloyd as his lawyer. George becomes Eddie's partner and the rackets flourish until love and rivalry interfere.
Description: When a robbery goes awry, the bandits all end up in a puddle of blood and only one lives and goes to jail for five years. Upon his release, the girlfriend wants her fresh boyfriend to slay him. Only problem is the boyfriend knows that the fault was not the ex-con's and can't bring himself to do the task. Meanwhile, the ex-con tries to turn his life around by becoming a boxer and training under a former heavyweight contender.
Description: Strange happenings happen in a tiny village in the north of Germany during the years just before Globe Fight I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed kids of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery.
Description: After leaving the British Secret Service, David Somers (played by Trevor Howard) finds work cataloging butterflies at the country house of Nicholas and Jess Fenton. After the murder of a local gamekeeper, suspicion (wrongfully) falls on their niece, Sophie Malraux (Jean Simmons). Somers supports Sophie to escape arrest and they go on the run together. After a cross-country chase they arrive at a coastal town with the intention of leaving the country by ship. All's well that ends well after the real identity of the murderer is revealed.
Description: Charles Bronson is out for revenge in this action drama. Jackie Pruit (Jill Ireland) is the girlfriend of notorious gangster Joe Bomposa (Rod Steiger). When it looks as if Jackie's life is being threatened by Bomposa's goons, the FBI moves in to protect her, in hopes that she'll have incriminating evidence that the Bureau can test vs Bomposa in court. Veteran agent Charlie Congers (Bronson) is assigned to watch over Jackie, and while it later becomes obvious that she knows almost nothing about Bomposa that would be of any test to the FBI, he also falls in love with her. However, Bomposa decides that it would be a lot more convenient to have Jackie out of the way, and he orders her to be executed. Bomposa's henchmen manage to slip through FBI safety and murder her, but actually they have to respond to the mad and vengeful Congers.
Description: The closed community of a personal neighborhood of high-priced houses, is moved by the discovery of three corpses that appear floating in a pool and rushes to frame it as an accident.
Description: FBI agent Malcolm Turner and his 17-year-old son, Trent, go undercover at an all-girls performing arts school after Trent witnesses a murder. Posing as Large Momma and Charmaine, they gotta search the murderer before he finds them.
Description: Rebecca Ryan has been working as an undercover agent for the Organised Crime Division (OCD) posing as a taxi driver, while investigating London's south-side mob. When she finds her young daughter Lynn brutally murdered she fears her cover has been blown wide open, so she turns renegade and starts a brutal campaign of vengeance vs the mob she believes killed her daughter. As she trawls the seedy depths of London's underworld hunting down her daughter's killers, the lines between nice and evil, right and wrong start to blur as do her notions of justice and revenge. It falls to the world-weary OCD agent Darius Cuise and his newly-assigned, hot-tempered partner Abby Barrett to track down Rebecca and bring her in before all hell breaks loose.
Description: Charlie impersonates an employee of the U.S. government to foil an espionage plot which would destroy part of the Panama Canal, trapping a Navy fleet on its method to the Pacific after maneuvers in the Atlantic.
Description: A wax museum run by a demented doctor includes statues of such crime figures as Jack the Ripper and Bluebeard. In addition to making wax statues the doctor performs plastic surgery. It is here that an arch fiend takes refuge. The museum also houses a statue of Charlie. Frustrated number-two son kicks statue in rear; oops, number-two son wrong in his assumption
Description: Janet Spencer (Linda Stirling) is driving down a country street when one of her tires blows out. This seemingly innocuous, daily occurrence leads Linda into a labyrinth of murder, blackmail and intrigue.
Description: After three boys are convicted of bank robberies, Charlie becomes suspicious. After some investigation Charlie finds the boys are innocent and that the fingerprint evidence used to convict them had been forged. Charlie then proceeds to search the real bank robbers.
Description: When a troupe of showgirls with their impresario and press agent holiday at a Malibu Beach resort, two of them are garroted. Charlie takes on the situation assisted by Number Two Son Jimmy and faithful chauffeur Birmingham Brown.
Description: The recent assignment for respected detective Charlie Chan has come directly from the government and involves the disappearance of a scientist called Harper, who was working on an extremely necessary serum. When the scientist is killed, Chan gotta sort through all very likely suspects, including the man's sister and his butler.
Description: A pair of murders in Rio de Janeiro leads the local police to call the famed detective. Charlie is puzzled, at first, when it appears that one of the murderers is killed by the first victim's widow.
Description: John McVicar was a London Terrible Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain's "Public Opponent No. 1". He was captured and place into a high safety prison. Will even the highest safety prison be able to keep him? This is the real storyline of his life, his criminal exploits and his eventual rehabilitation.
Description: The protagonist, Johnny Harlow, a globe winner Formula 1 racing driver, who appears to have become an alcoholic after a devastating wreck kills his greatest mate and fellow driver, along with maiming his girlfriend. He realizes after being involved in yet other ruin on the circuit that there have been too many accidents lately, and decides to investigate, but later finds out that a several folks will do anything to prevent him from discovering the truth
Description: A French boy spies on a lovely younger girl across the way. When he's spotted by the girl shortly after being questioned by the police about a local murder, the man's easy life becomes more complicated.
Description: A police lieutenant wars to prove a boy's innocence after he's accused of murder. The fourth of five Ben Schwab productions that starred Bill Elliott as a detective lieutenant in the L.A. Sheriff's department.
Description: Bernice "Bernie" Rhodenbarr is a burglar by trade, and she runs a bookstore as well. Her mate Carl Hefler is a dog groomer. After a successful burglary, it's discovered that a dead body was in the house she burgled. As she's the only one who can be placed at the stage of the crime, she has to test her criminal skills to clear her name of the murder AND avoid getting charged with the burglary.
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A 1997 Columbo episode which was made to celebrate 25 years of the detective on television. The plot centres around a girl who conspires with her lover (who just happens to be part of the police forensics squad that eventually survey the murder scene) to frame her rich husband for the murder of his business partner who was suing him.Since Columbo's return to the tiny screen in 1988, the series has been very hit-and-miss: there have been some episodes which have upheld the decision to bring Columbo back, whilst others merely aggravate and dismay loyal fanatics of the series with thoughtless and badly conceived changes to the formula. This particular episode has a powerful plot which is executed with the conviction it deserves, but I'm at pains to explain the logic behind putting cat hairs from the murder stage on the back of the person's suit to incriminate him - in a murder scenario, how would they receive there; perhaps on a sleeve or on a part of the trousers, but on the back of the suit??Nevertheless, there are intelligent aspects to this story: the gradual dismantling of the "frame" with a vital clue and how Columbo initially deduces that the wife and the police forensics expert know every other.Yes, the episode is haunted with a tiny predictability: the wedding images do indicate precisely when the husband acquired cat hair on the back of his suit and yes, they should have trimmed down the last half hour of the movie: it suffers from distinct protractedness because the murderers' plot has all but failed after nearly an hour and the final stage which sees Columbo re-enact how he discovered that the wife and the forensics expert now knew every another is fully unnecessary and badly staged.There are some nice performances in evidence too: Peter Falk's real-life wife, Shera Danese (who plays the wife who frames her husband) acts well here and here scenes with Columbo are better than you might expect. Also, Barry Corbin as the framed husband perfectly conveys his character's business-like volatility.Overall, this a distinct "breath of new air" for a series which was undeniably ailing with some of its past inferior, badly judged scripts.
Cathleen Calvert wants to leave her millionaire husband Clifford and set up with lover Patrick Kinsley. However a water-tight prenuptial agreement means that divorce will leave her with nothing. Killing him is deemed far too dangerous and obvious a crime but if only they should receive him out of the method without losing access to his wealth. Luckily for them, Clifford is being threatened with a major lawsuit from accountant Howard Seltzer and Cathleen decides that the easiest thing to do would be to murder Seltzer and frame Clifford. The deed is simple and it looks like an launch and shut situation given how much evidence is accessible (thanks to the knowledge Kingsley has as a member of the police forensics team). Trouble is, for Lt. Columbo, it just doesn't ring real and he just keeps digging.With the long running Columbo formula it is tempting to test and change it and "new" Columbo movies have occasionally fallen into the trap of ditching the formula and trying something fresh it rarely worked. However with this movie the writers have successfully varied the formula while still retaining enough of it to avoid losing the elements of the series that create it so successful. It is a bit of a trouble that the plot is built on a lot of coincidences and illogical risks but generally the movie manages to hold things working so that I just agreed the events. Having told that, it didn't ring real that Kinsley, having left enough forensic evidence to frame the pope, would feel he has to receive more involved in the case. Such things aside though the movie is an engaging mystery that is fun to watch because we receive to see Columbo at work, going after his main suspect as per formula but also having more out there to engage his mind and take him in a various direction. It is a great touch and, like I said, it allows the movie to do what the series normally do while also doing things differently.Falk works with this well and embraces the possibility to present his hero working internally with the slightest tiny clues. He delivers some great comic touches throughout and, as usual, seems fully comfortable within his own skin. The casting of the two male helps is good. Corbin is a solid presence and he provides the tension with Columbo while Rasche provides the "I'll support you solve this" element of the formula so together they deliever the usual items but the fact that it is split makes it more interesting. Danese is less convincing but the movie doesn't place too much on her. There isn't much help to speak of and generally the main three male actors do well to carry it with nice performances.Overall then a cute enjoyable Columbo film. Although the change in formula comes with illogical devices and unlikely setups it does generally work and it presents the formula while also changing it. As many of the fresh Columbo movies show, changing the formula is a dangerous business but here it pulls it off.
Overall this is a cute nice Columbo, in my opinion, though it does have some glaring weaknesses.Barry Corbin is very nice as the loud husband who gets framed by Shera Danese. Danese turns in her usual performance; she's lovely and interesting but seems to enjoy essentially the same hero in each episode.The criminologist "bad guy" does a cute sloppy job for a supposed expert -- that may be the largest plot weakness; it's difficult to trust he was that dumb. A long method from CSI.The another weakness is the ending - the twist is nice enough, I suppose, but the stage in which he reveals it is contrived and overplayed.All in all, a nice story. If they'd redone the ending and allow the villain be a tiny more intelligent it would have been a nice one. As it is, it's just good.-B-
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