The lion’s share of any specific praise for Bright Angel tends to go to Lili Taylor, a still-fresh face on the scene at the time. The role of Lucy is manna for any actor, a character both laid bare while also impenetrable.
A cast like this can steal a lot of audience good will. Peter Boyle... Warren Oates... Allen Garfield... Paul Sorvino... and in the lead, Columbo himself, the beloved Peter Falk. So then, it’s only fitting that they be cast as a pack of thieves.