Columbus Circle

Synopsis: Abigail Clayton lives alone. Very alone. In fact, the attractive heiress has not left her Manhattan loft apartment for almost two decades. The famous daughter of a wealthy industrialist, Abigail disappeared from the prying eyes of the press and the intrusiveness of her family on her 18th birthday, the day she received her massive inheritance. During years of self-imposed isolation, Abigail has had contact with only two people-her building's Concierge, Klandermann, with whom she communicates via notes-and Dr. Raymond Fontaine, a longtime family friend and her sole confidant for most of her life. When the death of her elderly neighbor prompts NYPD Homicide Detective Frank Giardello to launch an investigation, the agoraphobic Abigail is distressed to find him outside her door, asking to question her. Having tried to acquire the dead woman's now vacant apartment to ensure her privacy, Abigail is further upset when her requests go unanswered, and new tenants Lillian and Charlie move in. Abi
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
82 min

Well, the only thing I know is

she's got a wedding ring, no husband.

We gotta find out if

the husband's around.

She have any family?


to these pictures

over here on the

table, she does.


with the building

to see if they have any

surveillance tapes,

find out if there

were any guests

in the last 12 hours

that she might have had.

You know, her other

slipper's up here. Yeah?

Well, I'm just saying,

it's improbable

that somebody would wanna walk

down the stairs with one slipper.

Well, it's late at night, she

wants to go to the bathroom,

she forgets her slipper.

She's disoriented, you know?

There's only one point of

impact and it's severe enough

that she fell from a 12foot height,

not rolling down the stairs.

You're right.

What are you on, Twitter?

Put the phone away.

I mean, it's within the

realm of possibilities

that she might have been thrown.


"Now that the apartment

across the hall is vacant."

"I would like very much to discuss

purchasing it for myself."

"I don't mean to take advantage"

"of Mrs. Lonnigan's

passing so quickly,"

"but one must admit that the

sweet darling had a good life,"

"and in fact, lived longer than

most people would actually desire."

NYPD. Open up.


"Please also take

into consideration"

"that I first

declared my interest"

"over two years ago after

she first fell ill."

"I shall await your

earliest response."

"Best, Abigail Clayton."

So, can you tell me

about the tenants

that live across the

hall from Mrs. Lonnigan?

What are their names? Oh, yeah.

That's Abigail Clayton.

Abigail Clayton.

Well, can you tell me about her?

Well, not.

Not really, sir.

I've actually never met her.

You've never met her?


I'm very sorry.

Klandermann. Yes.

Just a few more hours, actually,

is what I've been told.

Can I get a coffee?

It's unavoidable, yes.

We're so sorry for the... Yes.

It is a disturbance. You're...

Yup. Thank you.

I'm sorry.

What were you asking me?

You were saying that you've never

met the tenant who lives across...

No. No, no, I haven't.

I've been here now...

It's been 11 years. Oh, my.

She was in the apartment before I

arrived, yes, so we've never met.

In 11 years, you've never had any

interaction with her personally?

That's not completely true, sir.

Every day or night

at a specific time

she will pass a letter to

me underneath the door.

I'm the only one in the building

who communicates with her.

Food, clothing, you

name it, I deliver it.

I leave It In the

hallway, I knock, I leave.

She never goes out. Ever.

Yeah, so, in that sense, we

have had communication, yes.

That's a little strange.

Well, this is

Columbus Circle, sir.

Nothing seems strange

around here.

All right, I'm gonna have to ask

you to come into the station...

Really? ...after you get off.

What time will that be?

Is that absolutely...

Yeah, so...

I'm gonna go try one more time.

Miss Clayton?

Open up, please. It's NYPD.

I know you're in there

Look, I tried to call, I.

I just need two

minutes of your time.


We can do this one of two ways.

You can let me in now and

I'll make it short and sweet

or I'll come back later with a

warrant and a bunch of other guys.

And from what I understand,

you won't like that too much.

All right, fine,

I'll get awarrant.

Creepy hallway.

Hello? Oh, hey.

Uh, Ma'am, I'm so sorry.

I just needed to talk to you

about your neighbor, if I may.

I didn't know her.

I'm sorry.

I'm very busy right now.

Look, nobody...

I'm gonna come in here for a second.

I'll shut the door. Uh...

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George Gallo

George Gallo, Jr. (born 1956) is an American screenwriter, film director, producer, painter and musician.He is best known for writing Midnight Run and 29th Street, and is an accomplished painter in the style of the Pennsylvania Impressionists. In 1990, he won the coveted Arts for the Parks award, and has had three one-man exhibitions in New York City. In 2010, he wrote and directed the film Middle Men starring Luke Wilson.He currently lives in Los Angeles. more…

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