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The Black Windmill (1974)




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Michael Caine stars as an espionage agent whose young son is kidnapped. Complicating matters is the fact that the kidnappers (John Vernon and Delphine Seyrig) are Caine's own colleagues. They want to secure Caine's aid in rounding up a diamond smuggling ring, and they don't care who they have to hurt to do so. He agrees to go along, all the while searching for his missing son. Janet Suzman co-stars as Caine's estranged wife, who is compelled to join him in his search. Helmed by veteran filmmaker Don Siegel, The Black Windmill is based on Seven Days to a Killing, a novel by Clive Egleton.


Michael Caine
as Maj. John Tarrant
Donald Pleasence
as Cedric Harper
Delphine Seyrig
as Ceil Burrows
Clive Revill
as Alf Chestermann
Joseph O'Conor
as Sir Edward Julyan
Janet Suzman
as Alex Tarrant
Joss Ackland
as Chief Superintendent Wray
Edward Hardwicke
as Mike McCarthy
David Daker
as Thickset M.I. 5 Man
Paul Moss
as David Tarrant
Mark Praid
as James Stroud
Derek Newark
as Monitoring Policeman
John Rhys-Davies
as Special Policeman
Brenda Cowling
as Pleasant Secretary
Nancy Gabrielle
as Manageress
Hilary Sesta
as Ilkeston's Secretary
Frank Henson
as S.P. Driver
Catherine Schell
as Lady Julyan
Joyce Carey
as Harper's Secretary
Derek Lord
as Sollars
Maureen Pryor
as Jane Harper
Patrick Barr
as Gen. St. John
John Harvey
as Heppenstal
Russell Napier
as Adm. Ballentyne
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Critic Reviews for The Black Windmill

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

The Black Windmill commits the one crime no thriller can be pardoned for. It's not thrilling. It's also terribly passive and static, and Siegel directs Caine almost to a standstill.

July 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

...a rewarding watch for fans of Michael Caine, and director Don Siegel...

March 31, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Caine, as usual, eats up every scene and the writing cleverly serves up a number of red herrings.

March 24, 2021 | Full Review…

The Black Windmill finds its producer-director Don Siegel invading Hitchcock territory. He'd have been better off staying at home.

December 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The Black Windmill suffers from a lack of real tension and a convoluted plot.

January 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Terrific spy thriller that however is not without its flaws.

October 17, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Black Windmill


A standard 70ies spy/pulp thriller featuring Michael Caine, and this movie would have been long forgotten already and lost in the abyss of film history if it was not for Michael Caine taking the lead. The script & direction are average and on the level of a back-to-back episode of Mission: Impossible or Get Smart, I would even dare say, probably not even as good as that. The script jumps right into the blood involving your run-of-the-milll ingredients for a spy thriller, stolen diamonds, kindapping, intrigue, MI5 and of course nudity and some random violence, without ever taking off. As I said before, the direction is unimaginative and very dull, expect nothing but camera totals and no changes in editing or pace or anything else that would turn up the tension. Unless you are a huge fan of Michael Caine, who was the reason why I picked this up, you should give this one a definite pass. And even Caine's performance ability has seen better days. Henrik

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