Here we have an Italian visual effects-driven cat-and-mouse caper film that hinges on a female antihero pulling one over on a highly respected and famously successful male master detective. Filibus outwits the tests of time at every twist.
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.