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The Black Windmill (1974)

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

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Leigh Vance (screenplay), Clive Egleton (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Maj. John Tarrant
Donald Pleasence ... Cedric Harper
Delphine Seyrig ... Ceil Burrows
Clive Revill ... Alf Chestermann
John Vernon ... McKee
Joss Ackland ... Chief Supt. Wray
Janet Suzman ... Alex Tarrant
Catherine Schell ... Lady Melissa Julyan
Joseph O'Conor ... Sir Edward Julyan
Denis Quilley ... Bateson
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Monitoring Policeman
Edward Hardwicke ... Mike McCarthy
Maureen Pryor Maureen Pryor ... Jane Harper
Joyce Carey ... Miss Monley
Preston Lockwood 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

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Drabble See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Donald Pleasence played a government section boss in Innocent Bystanders (1972), a low budget spy movie. 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 No Sex Please - We're British (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Underneath the Spreading Chestnut Tree
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We really need a Widescreen DVD release here!
28 March 2004 | by curtis-8See 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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