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The Black Windmill (1974)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maj. John Tarrant
... Cedric Harper
... Ceil Burrows
... Alf Chestermann
... McKee
... Chief Supt. Wray
... Alex Tarrant
... Lady Melissa Julyan
... Sir Edward Julyan
... Bateson
Derek Newark ... Monitoring Policeman
... Mike McCarthy
Maureen Pryor ... Jane Harper
... Miss Monley
Preston Lockwood ... Ilkeston
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Storyline

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

One of Sir Michael Caine's non-Harry Palmer spy films. Interestingly, Don Siegel directed Dirty Harry (1971), a movie with Palmer's "Harry" namesake. See more »

Goofs

The Scotland Yard detectives put a 'bug' in Tarrant's telephone and leave the telephone with the dial facing the typewriter on the desk. When Tarrant arrives home and checks the telephone, it has been turned 90 degrees and the dial now faces to the right, towards the bed. 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 for the Planet of the Apes (1973) See more »

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Underneath the Spreading Chestnut Tree
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We really need a Widescreen DVD release here!
28 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've read several comments that point out the clumbsiness of the action editing in "The Black Windmill." I think what is being overlooked is that what we have been seeing for the past thirty years on tv and video has been a pan-and-scan version of a Panavision film. The action was designed for a widescreen and we've only been seeing half of it, sloppily panned-and-scanned, making it seem jumbled. I believe that the widescreen dvd release will prove me right.

Admittedly, in terms of Siegel action-drama quality,this flick falls in the middle ground between the great "Dirty Harry" and the so-so "Telefon." But even the low-budget Telefon is much more exciting in its original wide aspect ratio than in "full" screen.


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