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The Black Windmill (1974)

 -  Action | Crime | Thriller  -  July 1974 (UK)
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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.

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Cast

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Cedric Harper
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Alf Chestermann
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Chief Supt. Wray
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Lady Melissa Julyan
Joseph O'Conor ...
Sir Edward Julyan
Denis Quilley ...
Bateson
Derek Newark ...
Monitoring Policeman
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Mike McCarthy
Maureen Pryor ...
Jane Harper
Joyce Carey ...
Miss Monley
Preston Lockwood ...
Ilkeston
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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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The ultimate exercise in controlled terror.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

Publicity for this picture stated that it was Don Siegel's thirtieth film. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the film where the van is blown up on the motorway, it becomes clear that the scene is filmed on an incomplete stretch of motorway (possibly the M3, which was completed in 1974) as lane markings are missing from one carriageway. See more »

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

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References Battle of Britain (1969) 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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