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Peter Falk
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Date of Birth: Sep 16, 1927

Country: USA

Biography: alk (September 16, 1927 - June 23, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo. He appeared in numerous films such as The Princess Bride, The Great Race and Next, and television guest roles and was nominated for an Academy Award twice (for 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles), and won the Emmy Award on five occasions (four for Columbo) and the Golden Globe award once...(Wikipedia)

Total Titles at Criticker: 126 - You've Seen 126

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Titles You've Rated: Actor (126) | Director (1)
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Situation Normal, All Fouled Up (1970)
In WWII, a commando was sent in a secret mission in Sicily. They had a reluctant Italian prisoner of war to help them. (imdb)
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Attack and Retreat (1964)
Chronicle of the unheralded and unsuccessful invasion of the Soviet Union by the Italian army during World War II. (imdb)
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Brigadoon (1966)
Two Americans participating in an auto race in Scotland get lost. They find a small village called Brigadoon where people live with a mysterious secret, and behave as if they were still living two hundred years in the past. (imdb)
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Columbo: It
Gigolo Nick Franco is a violent, two-timing cad. His current paramour, Laura Stanton, has had enough. With the help of a young woman named Lisa, she murders her lover and sets herself up with an airtight alibi. When Columbo starts sniffing on her trail, Laura quickly works to seduce the married detective, hoping that her sex appeal will throw the usually stubborn Lieutenant off the scent.
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Pressure Point (1962)
An African-American prison psychiatrist (Sidney Poitier) finds the boundaries of his professionalism sorely tested when he must counsel a disturbed inmate (Bobby Darin) with bigoted Nazi tendencies. (imdb)
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Columbo: Columbo Goes to College (1990)
The popular tv detective investigates a murder at a college where two students kill their professor who was trying to expel them. Contains mild violence, but nothing that would be considered offensive. (imdb)
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Pronto (1997)
Harry Arno is a Miami Beach bookie who finds himself in trouble with his mob bosses for reasons he can't quite figure out. When an assailant attempts to kill him, he decides that it's time to retire, so he gives Raylan the slip and relocates to Greece. He gets lonely and so he invites his girlfriend Doris to join him. He's afraid that his enemies might follow her to him, and he's right. The story then shifts to Raylan, who does his earnest best to get to the bottom of the story. (imdb)
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In the Spirit (1990)
A woman moves back to New York and hires a ditzy New Age woman to redecorate her apartment in this Odd Couple styled comedy. The movie takes a turn as the two escape to a New Age retreat in upstate New York to get away from a murderer who is pursuing them. Melanie Griffith also shows up briefly as a hooker as the two hide out acting as hookers. (imdb)
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Columbo: Likes the Nightlife (2003)
L.A. rave promoter Justin Price makes his first mistake when he helps his girlfriend get rid of the corpse of her ex-husband, the financial backer of Justin's new club and son of a notorious Mafia don. He makes his second mistake when he murders the tabloid reporter who had the nerve and photographs to attempt blackmail. But he makes his biggest mistake by dismissing Lieutenant Columbo, who smells murder... (imdb)
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Columbo: Ashes to Ashes (1998)
Columbo is called in to investigate the disappearance of a Hollywood gossip reporter. All evidence points to one of the last people who saw her alive a mortician-to-the-stars with more than a few skeletons rattling around in his closet. (imdb)
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Three Days to Vegas (2007)
Four grumpy old men go on a road trip from their retired life in Florida to the excitement of Las Vegas in order to stop one of their daughters from marrying the wrong guy. (imdb)
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The Secret of the Purple Reef (1960)
After Robert Christopher and his ship mysteriously disappear in the Caribbean, his two brothers -- Mark and Dean -- travel to St. Kitts to begin their own investigation. (imdb)
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Columbo: Uneasy Lies the Crown (1990)
The unsuccessful junior partner in a dental group, a bad husband and degenerate gambler, faces divorce and ostracism from his father-in-law's firm. (imdb)
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Luv (1967)
Harry is a barely functional human. He meets an old friend who is having marital problems as Harry is about to leap off of a bridge. His friend decides that Harry is the man to take his wife away from him so that Milt can be with his girlfriend. Ellen and Harry have an instant attraction and in a short while Harry is wearing Milt's suits and Milt is free. But, Ellen soon discovers that Harry is the world's worst roommate. (imdb)
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Pretty Boy Floyd (1960)
Trying to shake his troubled past and start a new honest life, Floyd loses his job because of that past. With nowhere to go but back home in Oklahoma he gets news that his father's been murdered and the local sheriff lets the killer off with a self-defense plea. Bent on revenge, Floyd does what he must which leads him down a dark road littered with robbing banks and loose women. Floyd's final days are anything BUT pretty! (imdb)
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Murder, Inc. (1960)
Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus, this movie chronicles the rise and fall of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated. Focusing on powerful boss Lepke and violent hitman Reles. (imdb)
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Columbo: Playback (1975)
Harold Van Wick just loves inventing gadgets. But investing in new technology is sending his family's electronics company deep into the red. His mother-in-law decides to remove him as head of the company and threatens to show her daughter evidence of his infidelity. He thinks his inventions will help him commit the perfect murder. Later it seems his mother-in-law was shot by an intruder while he was at an art gallery. But clever gadgets aren't enough to fool the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo. (imdb)
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Wilder Days (2003)
Falk plays Grandpa "Pop Up" Morse, a fanciful old coot who loves to spin all sorts of tall tales over the dinner table. Although Grandpa's ill-tempered son, John (Tim Daly), has nothing but disdain for his father's fable-making tendencies, his little grandson Chris can't get enough of "Pop Up"'s storytelling. (efilmcritic)
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Columbo: A Deadly State of Mind (1975)
A psychiatrist, who specializes in hypnosis, murders the husband of his mistress and convinces her to lie to the police; it's up to Lt. Columbo to discover the truth. (imdb)
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Wind Across the Everglades (1958)
In Florida at the end of the 1890s, teacher-turned-game warden Plummer takes on a gang of unruly, primitive poachers led by the Burl Ives, who are killing off the local rare birds for their fashionable, valuable plumage. (TimeOut London)
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Columbo: Troubled Waters (1975)
Hayden Danziger is on a cruise with his wife Sylvia, who is older than he and much, much richer. Rosanna Wells is on the same ship as a singer. Rosanna and Hayden are lovers and Rosanna blackmails Hayden, but he has decided to kill her and has planned the perfect crime. Or so it seems since Lt. Columbo is cruising on that same very ship and the Captain asks for his help. (imdb)
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Columbo: A Friend in Deed (1974)
Hugh Caldwell kills his wife Janice and in despair asks for the help of his friend and neighbor Mark Halperin. And Mark helps a friend in deed, of course. So the murder appears to be the job of a thief, but Lt. Columbo has some doubts. There is not a single finger-print of the deceased in her house and he begins to suspect Halperin. Unfortunately for Lt. Columbo Halperin is the chief of the police. (imdb)
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Scared Straight! (1978)
Criminals show trouble children what prison is like -- scare them straight into not messing up.
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Columbo: A Case of Immunity (1975)
Hassan Salah, first secretary to the King of Suaria, has a scheme for shifting power within his government. He tricks a naïve idealist, who is working in his legation, into helping him murder a beloved security officer, rob the safe and make it look like the work of radicals. Lt. Columbo of the LAPD finds himself with a suspect who may have immunity from the consequences of his crime. (imdb)
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Penelope (1966)
Comedy about a flighty, bored, kleptomaniac wife of a banker who robs her husband's bank of $60,000. (imdb)
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The Balcony (1963)
Shelley Winters is the madame of a house where customers play out their erotic fantasies, oblivious to a revolution which is sweeping the country. When her old friend, the chief of police (Peter Falk), asks her to impersonate the missing queen in order to reassure the people and halt the revolution, she offers instead three of her customers to play the general, bishop and chief justice, all of whom have died in the revolution. (imdb)
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Machine Gun McCain (1969)
A mobster is released from prison and presented with a heist full of problems.
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...All the Marbles (1981)
Harry manages The California Dolls, a female wrestling tag team endlessly touring America. He is also romantically involved with one of them. Their fortunes seem on the slide (particularly when Harry accepts an engagement involving mud wrestling!) but then the big grudge match beckons. (imdb)
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Columbo: Columbo Cries Wolf (1990)
When the business-savvy publisher of a "Playboy"-type men's magazine wants to sell her stock to a Rupert Murdoch-like media tycoon, she apparently disappears on a London-bound flight. (imdb)
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Columbo: Agenda for Murder (1990)
This time Columbo is put on a murder that was made to look like a suicide. However, he notices some loose ends, and asks a lawyer and a governor to clear these problems up. (imdb)
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Columbo: A Trace of Murder (1997)
A millionaire's being threatened with a lawsuit by a man he did business with. When he gets into a fight with the man, his trophy wife is more embarrassed than concerned about her husband. Now she can't divorce her husband because of a pre-nuptial agreement. And if she kills him, she would be the prime suspect. So she and her lover decide to kill the man who is suing her husband and frame her husband. (imdb)
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Columbo: Undercover (1994)
Cigar-chomping Lieutenant Columbo's investigation into the odd death of two men flings him headlong into a mystery revolving around the long-lost loot from an unsolved bank heist. Insurance investigator Irving Krutch asks for Columbo's assistance in tracking down the pieces of a photograph that will reveal the location of the hidden millions. To do so, Columbo must go undercover in various guises to obtain the pieces from the various people who now possess them. (imdb)
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Columbo: Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989)
An egocentric wunderkind director murders a childhood friend who threatens to expose his negligent complicity in the death of his sister years earlier.
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Columbo: A Matter of Honor (1976)
A famous retired matador learns that his long-time friend and book-keeper plans to retire after he & the matador bear witness to a horiffic attack on the book-keeper's son by a bull at a recent tournament, and that the matador had shown fear which would destroy his reputation for bravery.
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A Storm in Summer (2000)
An old Jewish shop owner suddenly finds himself responsible for a little black boy trying to escape the chaos of Harlem as part of a sponsorship program. At first, Mr. Shaddick wants nothing more than to get rid of the kid, but to spite the well to do lady who tries to take him over to her home, he decides to take Herman in. As time goes on, he finds himself caring about Herman and has the misfortune of being the bearer of bad news, which reminds him of when he received a telegram himself. (imdb)
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Columbo (1971)
Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and disingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes. (imdb)
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Columbo: Murder in Malibu (1990)
A successful writer of romance novels who is involved with a young, ambitious womanizer, is found shot to death in her Malibu home.
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Columbo Goes to the Guillotine (1989)
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. (imdb)
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Columbo: Identity Crisis (1975)
A top CIA operative commits murder the way only a brilliant spy can, never guessing he'll have to contend with a man like Lt. Columbo.
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Columbo: Now You See Him (1976)
A stage illusionist kills his employer and makes it look like a contract killing; it's up to Lt. Columbo to trick the master trickster.
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Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot (1991)
Freddie Brower, a down-on-his-luck photographer in the final stages of a divorce, wins $30 million in the lottery. (imdb)
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Columbo: No Time to Die (1992)
Columbo attends the wedding of his nephew, who is also with the LAPD. Suddenly it turns out that the bride is missing, possibly kidnapped. (imdb)
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Columbo: Murder, a Self Portrait (1989)
Columbo investigates the apparent drowning of a famous painter's first wife. (imdb)
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Columbo: Make Me a Perfect Murder (1978)
An Emmy-winning TV executive kills her lover (who is also her boss); Lt. Columbo is on the case.
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Columbo: Fade in to Murder (1976)
An egotistical but successful star of a TV detective show murders his blackmailing producer and makes it look like a robbery.
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Colombo: Old Fashioned Murder (1976)
The spinster head of a family-run museum murders her brother when he threatens to dissolve the financially strapped institution.
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Columbo: Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health (1991)
Wade Anders, a former security expert, hosts the show Crime Alert. A rival hosts, news reader Bud, discovers he was in a porno movie and plans to tell the world then take over his show. (columbo-site.freeuk.com)
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Columbo: Sex and the Married Detective (1989)
When a successful sex therapist with a best selling book and a hit TV show is crushed to learn her business partner/lover is cheating on her, she plots appropriate revenge.
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Columbo: The Conspirators (1978)
Famous Irish poet and author Joe Devlin (Clive Revill), who is secretly a fund-raiser and gun-runner for the IRA, shoots and kills his gun supplier Vincent Pauley (Albert Paulsen) in his hotel room, after discovering that Pauley intends to cheat him. Now with Columbo hot on his trail, Devlin must find his guns and arrange their shipment out of the country. This was the last episode of the Columbo series broadcast on the NBC television network. (en.wikipedia.org)
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Anything for John (1993)
An intimate portrait of actor-writer-director John Cassavetes and a loving tribute to his genius for studying and depicting the human character. In-depth, candid interviews with his wife and muse Gena Rowlands as well as his most trusted friends and co-workers like Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, etc. Clips from Cassavetes' greatest films, and many rare photos illustrate this touching documentary. (imdb)
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Columbo: The Bye-Bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case (1977)
When Bertie Hastings (Sorrell Booke) discovers that his friend, Oliver Brandt (Theodore Bikel), a senior partner in an accounting firm, has been embezzling money to support the lifestyle of his wife, Vivian (Samantha Eggar), Brandt kills Hastings at the Sigma Society, the local meeting place of a national Mensa-type club for geniuses, making it look like a burglary gone bad. In her TV debut, Jamie Lee Curtis has a small role as a surly coffee shop waitress. (en.wikipedia.org)
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Columbo: Forgotten Lady (1975)
A faded dance star of film and stage murders her husband and makes it look like a suicide; Lt. Columbo doubts her seemingly perfect alibi. (imdb)
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The Sunshine Boys (1996)
Two aging comedians who acrimoniously dissolved their act eight years earlier must overcome their differences when they have the chance for a lucrative movie comeback (imdb)
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Columbo: By Dawn
The commandant of a military academy murders the chairman of the board, who wants to oust him. Lt. Columbo takes up residence in the barracks to expose the killer. (imdb)
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Columbo: Last Salute to the Commodore (1976)
Commodore Otis Swanson owns a ship building company, and is not happy with the shady dealings of his son-in-law Charles Clay, who has turned the modest and upstanding business into a name-brand production line for status-seekers. Nor is he pleased with any of the people closest to him - his alcoholic daughter, his elderly nephew, his lawyer, and an employee. He announces at his birthday party his intention to sell the company. That night, the Commodore is murdered.
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Columbo: Try and Catch Me (1977)
A successful mystery writer suspects her niece's husband murdered her, and she exacts revenge by asphyxiating him in her house safe.
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Columbo: Murder under Glass (1978)
Food critic Paul Gerard, who has been extorting money from restaurant owners in exchange for good reviews, murders one when threatened with exposure.
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Columbo: Grand Deceptions (1989)
After the head of a private paramilitary think tank who is embezzling funds murders a blackmailer, he has to match wits with the persistent Lieutenant Columbo.
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Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star (1991)
A successful lawyer learns that his companion has been having an affair and upon learning of this throws her out. She in turn threatens to reveal his illegal tactics unless she gets some compensation for the time that they were together. He in turn, kills her and frames her boyfriend.
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Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978)
A behavioral psychologist whose wife died under suspicious circumstances trains his dogs to kill on command using a telephone.
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Money Kings (1998)
Vinnie's a bookie, happily married, running his operation for 30 years out of his bar in Brooklyn. Times change, the boys up the chain want a bigger profit, so Vinnie's expendable He's assigned a hotheaded kid, Tony, the nephew of a local mobster. Vinnie's told to school the lad, use him for collections, and teach him some sense. What Vinnie doesn't know is that once Tony learns the ropes, Vinnie will be out. (imdb)
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Columbo: Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (1990)
A woman who blames Lt. Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him. But before she goes after him, she first goes after the man who informed on her husband and by showing the Lt. how it feels to lose a love one; by going after his wife.
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Columbo: Negative Reaction (1974)
A photographer murders his wife and blames her death on a bungled kidnapping. But Lt. Columbo has an even sharper eye than the Pulitzer Prize winner. (imdb)
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Columbo: An Exercise in Fatality (1974)
A health club owner murders one of his franchisees; Lt. Columbo is on the case. (imdb)
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The Brink
After a long time of bad luck, the little criminal Tony and his gang successfully rob one of Brink's security transport, taking $30,000. Surprisingly their coup doesn't make the press. Curious Tony checks out their headquarters and finds out that their security standard is low beyond belief. Now a really big coup is prepared... (imdb)
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Castle Keep (1969)
Toward the end of World War II, a small company of American GI's occupy an ancient castle. Their commander has an affair with the countess in resident. One guy falls in love with a Volkswagon. A baker among them moves in with another baker's wife. A group of shell shocked holy rollers wander the bombed out streets. A GI art historian tries vainly to protect the castle and its masterpieces. (imdb)
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Husbands (1970)
A common friend's sudden death brings three men, married with children, to reconsider their lives and ultimately leave together. But mindless enthusiasm for regained freedom will be short-lived. (imdb)
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Faraway, So Close! (1993)
A sequel to Wender's Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of desire), it again follows a group of angels in the German capital who look longingly upon the life of humans. (imdb)
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Checking Out (2005)
A snappy, smart and heart-warming comedy for the 21st century unfolds against modern day Manhattan. Peter Falk stars as Morris Applebaum, a feisty retired thespian with deep roots in Broadway theater. On the eve of his 90th birthday, Morris invites his three middle-aged children back to his stylish apartment for the party of a lifetime. As a postscript, Morris informs them bluntly that after the party he plans to bring the curtain down on himself and make his "final exit." (imdb)
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The Cheap Detective (1978)
Lou Peckinpaugh, the Cheap detective has entered a world that is half Casablanca and half Maltese Falcon. A parody of Bogart's films in which Lou goes through a series of scenes from the two movies trying to keep ahead of the police who think he killed his partner and find the black bird. (imdb)
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Next (2007)
In this sci-fi thriller, Nicholas Cage stars as a Las Vegas magician with a secret gift that is both a blessing and a curse: he has the uncanny ability to tell you what will happen next. (Revolution Studios)
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Big Trouble (1986)
Insurance agent plots with client to kill her nutty husband. (imdb)
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Prescription: Murder (1968)
Doctor Ray Flemming is a psichiatrist, he is married to Carol who is a rich woman and one of his patients is Joan Hudson who is also his lover. Ray decides to murder his wife with Joan's help. And so he does, making sure he has a perfect alibi. Lt. Columbo is in charge of the investigation and he is almost sure that Doctor Flemming is guilty. So a duel starts between the cold Doctor and the seemingly naive detective. (imdb)
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Columbo: Murder by the Book (1971)
Ken Franklin and James Ferris have become rich as the writing duo of the popular Mrs. Melville mystery novels. In reality, James Ferris writes the novels, while Ken Franklin handles all the publicity. When Jim wants to try serious writing on his own, Ken comes up with what he believes is a foolproof scheme to kill his partner and collect on the insurance policy they have on each other. What Ken Franklin doesn't count on is a rumpled police lieutenant who won't be led astray...and a witness. (IMDb.com)
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Roommates (1995)
When little Michael's parents pass away, he goes to live with his grandfather Rocky. Years later, when Michael gets out of medical school, Rocky is too old to live alone and Michael invites him to move in.
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The Bloody Brood (1959)
Two beatniks get their kicks by dealing drugs and violence. (imdb)
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Vibes (1988)
Cyndi Lauper and Jeff Goldblum play two psychics hired by Peter Falk to find his long lost son in a foreign country. When they get there they discover he's really hired them to help find a hidden temple in the mountains where all the psychic energy in the world comes from. (imdb)
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Cookie (1989)
Peter Falk plays Dino Capisco, a mob boss released from prison. His estranged daughter is Cookie is sent to work for him. He needs to get some money back from an associate before making a break from the mafia life. However, his associate went and sold off his shares and basically says, live with it. But not Dino. And not Cookie, neither. (IMDB Comments)
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The Lost World (2001)
An expedition leaves for the Amazon to prove the existance of dinosaurs. (imdb)
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Mikey and Nicky (1976)
Nicki is on the run from the mob, and he turns to old pal Mikey for help.
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Shark Tale (2004)
Oscar is a fast-talking little fish whose big dreams have a habit of landing him in hot water. Lenny is a great white shark with a sensitive side and a secret - he's a vegetarian. When a great white lie turns Oscar into an improbable hero and the truth about Lenny makes him an outcast, the two become the most unlikely of friends.
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Undisputed (2002)
The story of an undefeated world champion prize fighter (Rhames) who is convicted of rape and sent to prison, where he must confront and ultimately fight the reigning prison boxing champion (Snipes). (Miramax)
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The Princess Bride (1987)
A young boy listens to while his grandfather reads him the adventures of Buttercup (Wright), the most beautiful woman in the world, and Westly (Elwes), the man she loves, in the fairy-tale kingdom of Florin. [MGM]
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Made (2001)
Reunited for the first time since their hit "Swingers," Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn co-star in a comedy about two hapless best friends who are plunged headlong into the world of organized crime. (Artisan Entertainment)
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Enemies of Laughter (2000)
Struggling comedy writer Paul Halpern has been suffering through a serious of blind dates when he's invited to lunch by charming director Carla. Carla is smart, attractive and interested in Paul, but problems arrise when she seeks to stage a play of his that Paul would like to see buried.
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Lakeboat (2000)
Coming-of-age tale set aboard a shipping freighter traveling America's Great Lakes. Creating a memoir of his own experiences, writer and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo) tells the story of Dale, an Ivy League college student who briefly joins a world-weary crew. Exposed to a seafaring lifestyle which falls short of his literary visions, Dale instead finds the experience rich in unexpected ways... (imdb)
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Wings of Desire (1987)
Wim Wenders directed this enchanting fantasy about an angel who, while wandering unseen through West Berlin, falls in love with a beautiful circus performer and decides to become human. (MGM)
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The Thing About My Folks (2005)
This hilariously truthful look at family and marriage follows a father (Falk) and son (Reiser) who set out on an impromptu road trip. (Picturehouse)
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Murder by Death (1976)
Five famous literary detective characters and their sidekicks are invited to a bizarre mansion to solve an even stranger mystery. (imdb)
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The In-Laws (1979)
In preparation for his daughter's wedding, dentist Sheldon Kornpett meets Vince Ricardo, the groom's father... (imdb)
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The Great Race (1965)
Comedy about an early 20th century car race across three continents. (imdb)
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A Constant Forge (2000)
A look at the life, times, and art of independent film pioneer John Cassavetes through interviews with his family, friends, and admirers of his work. (imdb)
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Three Days of Rain (2003)
Six Anton Chekhov short stories set in modern day Cleveland during a three day rain storm. (IMDb)
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A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Peter Falk is a blue collar man trying to deal with his wife's mental instability. He fights to keep a semblance of normality in the face of her bizarre behavior, but when her actions affect their children, he has her committed. (imdb)
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Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man (1971)
A lawyer comes up with a clever plan to murder her husband. After the deed is done, a seemingly slow-witted, slovenly homicide detective is assigned to the case--but he's not nearly as incompetent as he appears to be. (imdb)
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Columbo: Death Lends a Hand (1971)
A private investigator kills his client's wife after she threatens to expose his blackmail scheme. The client then hires the detective to assist Columbo in the search for the killer. (TV.com)
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Columbo: Lovely But Lethal (1973)
The formula for a miracle wrinkle cream leads the founder of a cosmetics company to murder. Lt. Columbo is on the case. (imdb)
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Columbo: Any Old Port in a Storm (1973)
A connoisseur running a California winery murders his younger half-brother to prevent him from selling the family business. Lt. Columbo is on the case. (imdb)
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Columbo: Double Shock (1973)
The smarmy TV chef, Dexter Paris, has a rich uncle who is about to marry a woman young enough to be his granddaughter. The uncle's nephew visits him while he takes a bath, plugs in an egg beater and throws it into the tub, electrocuting the old man. But when the young fiancee and a trusted housekeeper discover the body, it's clothed in a sweatsuit and slumped over an exercise bike. It looks as if he had had a heart attack while riding it. (imdb)
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Columbo: The Most Dangerous Match (1973)
Chess grandmaster Emmett Clayton's title, not to mention his ego, are threatened when an ex-girlfriend convinces retired Soviet player Tomlin Dudek to challenge him. Dudek is Clayton's superior in every way at chess, but Clayton refuses to accept defeat. He plots to murder his erstwhile rival before the match can take place. (imdb)
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Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star (1973)
Faded movie actress Nora Chandler is being blackmailed by a gossip columnist, Jerry Parks. Parks is also romancing Chandler's secretary, who knows all the great star's secrets. Chandler in desperation blows up the columnist's car - but it turns out her secretary was the one driving. Lt. Columbo, one of Nora's biggest fans, is on the case. (imdb)
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Happy New Year (1987)
Small time crooksters Nick and Charlie have an elaborate plan to rob an exclusive jewelers store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and women they begin the set-up, but then Nick falls for the owner of a neighbouring antique store and things get a little complicated. (imdb)
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Columbo: Double Exposure (1973)
A self-styled "motivation research specialist" uses subliminal cues to commit a murder. Lt. Columbo is on the case.
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Columbo: Candidate for Crime (1973)
Senatorial candidate Nelson Hayward murders his domineering campaign manager, staging it to appear that Hayward himself was the intended victim of a mob hit gone wrong. Columbo hits the campaign trail to catch the killer. (imdb)
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Columbo: Murder with Too Many Notes (2000)
Findlay Crawford, a Hollywood film composer and conductor, murders a talented composer/musician who has been ghostwriting most of Crawford's work in recent years, including the entire score for the last film, which won an Oscar. Crawford is jealous of the young musician whose talent outshines his own. (imdb)
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Columbo: A Bird in the Hand ... (1992)
Columbo investigates a hit and run, that is probably nothing more than an accident. However, then an explosion happens with a car that shows that more is happening than one would suspect. The only problem he has with his suspicions is that there isn't sufficient evidence. (imdb)
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Columbo: Swan Song (1974)
A popular folk singer's plane has crashed. Two passengers have died, and one has escaped with minor injuries. Was it really an accident? How could it not have been? Or, was it really a nearly perfect murder? Columbo is called in to find out. (imdb)
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Columbo: Mind Over Mayhem (1974)
The director of a government institute that employs various scientific geniuses commits a clever murder. But another kind of genius is on the case: Lt. Columbo. (imdb)
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Tune in Tomorrow... (1990)
Pedro Carmichael (Peter Falk) is an outrageous radio drama screenwriter, and he draws influence from Martin and Julia's (Reeves and Hershey) love story, as well as his irrational hatred of Albanians.
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Columbo: Publish or Perish (1974)
A publisher hires a bomb enthusiast to murder a bestselling author of sex novels. Lt. Columbo is on the case. (imdb)
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Columbo: A Stitch in Crime (1973)
Dr. Barry Mayfield is a highly successful and respected surgeon, but his methods leave a lot to be desired. A fellow nurse becomes suspicious about his procedures in sewing up internal organs after 'successful' operations. The good doctor kills her before she spills the beans, but Mayfield doesn't count on detective Columbo investigative skills which quickly uncovers a trail of murderous events. (imdb)
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Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (1972)
Lilian Stanhope and Nicholas Frame are two actors in London. They have to act in Macbeth and the producer is Sir Roger Haversham who is Lilian's lover. Sir Roger finds out he has been deceived by the couple and he threatens to interrupt the performance. Lilian kills him accidentally during a fight and afterwards the two actors take the corpse to his mansion, staging an accident. But Lt. Columbo is in London to learn about the new methods to investigate used by Scotland Yard. (imdb)
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Columbo: Blueprint for Murder (1972)
Bo Williamson comes back from Europe after a travel two months long and finds a surprise: his wife Jennifer financed the project of building a new town. Bo, crazy for horses and country music, is raving mad at this and confronts the architect Elliot Markham who had got the original idea. Then Bo disappears and it looks as a new travel is began. But his first wife Goldie thinks he has been killed and Lt. Columbo begins his inquiry. (imdb)
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Anzio (1968)
Allied forces land at Anzio unopposed but instead of moving straight inland their commanding officer decides to dig in. A battle-hardened war correspondent borrows a jeep and drives to Rome and back without meeting any German forces, but his report on this absence of the enemy is discounted. By the time it is finally decided to make a move the Germans have arrived in strength and a prolonged and bloody fight ensues. (imdb)
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Columbo: Short Fuse (1972)
A chemical plant's director gets threats and issues threats, and one of the employees develops and plants a bomb in his car. When the car turns out to be missing, Columbo is called to find out what happened. (imdb)
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Columbo: Lady in Waiting (1971)
A mousy heiress murders her brother, pretending she thought he was a burglar. Lt. Columbo unravels her alibi. (imdb)
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Columbo: Dead Weight (1971)
A war hero shoots and kills his business partner; an easily manipulated young divorcée is the only witness. (IMDb.com)
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Columbo: Suitable for Framing (1971)
Noted art critic Dale Kingston kills his uncle for his valuable collection of paintings. Despite Columbo's suspicions, all the clues point to the dead man's ex-wife. (imdb)
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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
Boozy, brassy Apple Annie, a beggar with a basket of apples, is as much as part of downtown New York as old Broadway itself. Bootlegger Dave the Dude is a sucker for her apples --- he thinks they bring him luck... (imdb)
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Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Robin and the 7 Hoods mirthfully gives the Robin Hood legend a Depression-era, mobtown Chicago setting. There, North Side boss Robbo (Frank Sinatra) hopes to get a leg up in his power struggle with rival racketeer Guy Gisborne (Peter Falk). Robbo sets himself up as a latter-day Robin Hood with philanthropic fronts enabling him to scam the rich, take his cut, and then give to the poor. (IMDb)
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Columbo: The Greenhouse Jungle (1972)
Tony Goodland's wife is straying. He believes that money will bring her back to him, but while he leads a comfortable life, most of his massive inheritance is in a trust fund that can only be accessed in extraordinary circumstances. Tony's uncle Jarvis, an expert in orchids, proposes a plan: he will help Tony fake his own kidnapping, which will allow Tony to gain a good portion of his trust fund unsuspected. (imdb)
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Columbo: The Most Crucial Game (1972)
The owner of a football team is found dead in a swimming pool. It looks like an accident, a slip and fall. However, Columbo doesn't really believe in this being an accident and investigates the accident as if it was a murder case. However, the person he suspects has a powerful alibi. (imdb)
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Columbo: Étude in Black (1972)
Music conductor Alex Benedict has an affair with a pianist, and when the pianist threatens to reveal their affair to Benedict's wife, whose wealthy mother owns the company on which Benedict's career is dependent, Benedict decides to permanently silence his mistress. He strangles her and arranges for her death to look like a suicide by kitchen stove gas asphyxiation. (imdb)
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Columbo: Strange Bedfellows (1995)
When Graham McVeigh (George Wendt) kills his brother and frames a mob bookie for the crime, then kills the bookie and claims self-defense, he finds himself facing trouble from both Columbo (Peter Falk) and the bookie's superior in the mob (Rod Steiger). (imdb)
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Columbo: Butterfly in Shades of Grey (1993)
L.A. radio moderator Chase kills Jerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in New York. Chase presents a fine alibi: Winters was shot dead while speaking to him on the phone, even the shooting was recorded on his answering machine. Everything seems perfect, but will Lt. Columbo really believe this story? (imdb)
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Corky Romano (2001)
The loser son of a Mafia honcho must go undercover for the FBI.
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