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

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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2 August 1974 (Finland)  »

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Drabble  »

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

In his memoirs, Joss Ackland writes he was working on three other films, as well as playing Wray in this 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 »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References A Doll's House (1973) See more »

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Underneath the Spreading Chestnut Tree
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A waste of the talents involved.
12 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

"The Black Windmill" had the potential to be an entertaining Spy thriller like "The Ipcress File."

Alas, this wasn't the case in my opinion.

The plot is very boring,there isn't much excitement or incident,Michael Caine sleeps his way through his performance (doesn't he always?), Don Siegel's direction is lacking in inspiration and the talented supporting cast are going to waste. The film finally warms up a bit for the last 20 minutes but it's too little too late.


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