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The Black Windmill (1974)

A British agent's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.

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Cedric Harper
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Alf Chestermann
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McKee
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Chief Supt. Wray
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Alex Tarrant
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Lady Melissa Julyan
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Sir Edward Julyan
Denis Quilley ...
Bateson
Derek Newark ...
Monitoring Policeman
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Mike McCarthy
Maureen Pryor ...
Jane Harper
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Miss Monley
Preston Lockwood ...
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A British agent's son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of diamonds. The agent finds out that he can't even count on the people he thought were on his side to help him, so he decides to track down the kidnappers himself. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Seven days to a killing...the ultimate exercise in controlled terror.

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2 August 1974 (Finland)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The picture was a critical and commercial failure at the box-office. See more »

Goofs

In the roof garden where Tarrant's wife sends the toy fire engine down the slide towards him, as Tarrant turns to re-enter the house, the reflection of the boom mic can briefly be seen in the glass doors behind. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits are formed from images of children's alphabet blocks. See more »

Connections

References The Neptune Factor (1973) See more »

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Underneath the Spreading Chestnut Tree
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One of Caine's best thrillers
6 July 2006 | by (Onalaska, TX) – See all my reviews

In 1965, Caine created the role of Harry Palmer in the Ipcress File. It was good enough to spawn two follow-ups: Funeral in Berlin and the Billion Dollar Brain. By 1974, the movie-going public was used to seeing him in the role of a secret agent. Here he gets in trouble, and although you know that by the end of the film he will emerge victorious, or will he? I'm not telling. But the excruciating fun is in trying to figure our what will happen next. Filmed in Europe, Black Windmill" is directed by Don Siegel. Clint Eastwood credits Don for his success as a director, and, of course, Siegel also directed some of Clint's best movies. The pacing is even throughout and builds to a suspenseful climax. Let it not be overlooked that Donald Pleasence in a supporting role is at his usual best. The human chameleon that adapts beautifully to whatever role is given him. John Vernon is especially menacing. To me, seeing old movies a second or third time is like visiting with old friends. Everybody has their own "Casablanca" and "Shawshank Redemption." If you haven't seen this one yet, please do. It will become one of your "old friends" which I'm sure you will visit again and again.


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