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The Black Windmill [DVD] (1974)

Michael Caine , Donald Pleasence , Don Siegel    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, Delphine Seyrig, Clive Revill, John Vernon
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GALHI8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,319 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Michael Caine stars in this thriller as John Tarrant, a military intelligence agent whose son is kidnapped by two of his colleagues after they decided to round up a diamond smuggling ring. Using the child as leverage, they hope to force Tarrant to co-operate. While Tarrant agrees to go along with their scheme for now, all the while he is searching for his missing child, and waiting for the perfect moment to take his revenge.

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audio in italianodal romanzo seven days to a killing di clive egleton. viene rapito il figlio di uno dei migliori agenti dei servizi segreti britannici. sospettato di tradimento e accusato come spia persino dalla moglie. su una storia labirintica a scatole cinesi che rimanda a hitchcock (e a killer elite di s. peckinpah) e funziona sul galleggiamento alla deriva degli stereotipi, d. siegel lavora sui dettagli, sull'ambiente, sul comportamento dei personaggi.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better Michael Caine movies 15 May 2011
I've watched many Michael Caine movies and this certainly is one of his better films, my second favorite (with "Hannah and her Sisters" being my favorite Michael Caine film).
The plot is very captivating, the actors very well cast and the locations are marvellous, especially the scenes filmed inside the windmill.
I would rate "Hannah and her Sisters" with 6 stars, this one definitely 5 stars, but "Alfie" only 2 stars although it's very popular, but just not my cup of tea.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Black Windmill has a workable premise, a unspectacularly decent cast (Delphine Seyrig, Donald Pleasance, Janet Suzman, Clive Revill, Dennis Quilley, Edward Hardwicke and Joss Ackland among them) and a good director in Don Siegel, but it never catches fire. Michael Caine, playing a very different spy to Harry Palmer - more of a middle class career army officer who never needed to be blackmailed into the job - finds himself being set up by the vicious kidnappers of his young son to steal some diamonds intended for some dubious operation, eventually finding himself having to avoid his employers, the French and British police and take out the very bad guys (hey, it is John Vernon). All of which sounds at least more energetic than the film actually is. It moves along with competence, dotting the `i's and crossing the `t's, but even though a surprising amount happens in the last half hour, it never seems to develop any tension or urgency. Along the way there's a nice Sean Connery joke and a neat scene that manages to reference both The sound of Music and Caine's own Battle of Britain, but the good Scope composition and the typical 70s Roy Budd score make more of an impression than anything else in the film.

Uiniversal's DVD has no extras, but it does boast a good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer that at least ensures the film looks its best and has none of the panning-and-scanning problems of the TV prints.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Andy B
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A nice letter box 2.35.1 image & no extras, which is not that bad.

But the film itself just seems to amble on. Fine performances from the cast it just seems that Don Siegle, who gave us terrific paced movies as Dirty Harry & Telefon just seem to be stuck in the slow groove with this 1.

A fine book which had a really interesting story line just seems to plodding along.

No doubt with the never ending stream of remakes going on, maybe this 1 will reappear.

Not terrible, just not great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved It 5 July 2013
I remember this vividly from childhood and loved the action sequences, the drama and the imagery. Don't know why it had such bad reviews back in 74 and why it doesn't seem to be more appreciated now. Now that is a mystery.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 25 May 2008
This isn't up there with The Ipcress File, Funeral in Berlin or Get Carter - but that's not to say it's a bad film. The photography and music give it some class, the cast are excellent and the plot is interesting rather than thrilling. It does have it's moments though, and I would be quite happy to watch it again.

Michael Caine supported by the likes of John Vernon, Janet Suzman, Donald Pleasance, Joss Ackland and Delphine Seyrig can't be a complete waste of time - we even get a brief but memorable appearance by Catherine Schell. I agree it's more likely to be enyoyed by fans of Michael Caine and British espionage films in general, but it's by no means a duffer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A serious Spy Story 17 Aug 2012
I bought the film & the book, Seven Days to a Killing, to see how closely they matched. They did in term of an overall synopsis but I found the book more believable as a part spy, part detective novel rather than the film's attempt to emulate a Bond movie. Essentially, they are both about an operative - played by Michael Caine in the film - whose son is kidnapped & tortured to force the security services to part with a load of money (in the book it is to be converted into diamonds - in the film it's just diamonds). The book is overtly anti-Russian as the baddies are KGB; not so in the film but in both cases they are helped by a traitor. I liked the book as it's pacey but the action's in the UK whereas the film takes in France & is less believable though it's fascinating to see the cross-channel hovercraft being used as part of the high-tech scenery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Michael Caine thriller 12 July 2009
Michael Caine gives an effectively understated and terse performance as the persistently tough John Tarrant in this solid outing from the legendary Don Siegel who gave us Dirty Harry and the excellent Charley Varrick. The Black Windmill has a sense of urgency and pace to it as Tarrant strives to do a deal with a gang of criminals, led by the ever-dependable John Vernon, in order to get his boy back. He is a typical Siegel hero who will stop at nothing to bring justice to his persecutors.

There are several muscular set-pieces that liven up the film, such as a motorway explosion, a foot chase through a train station that is quite reminiscent of Clint Eastwood running all over San Francisco in Dirty Harry, a dramatic prison van escape and the bullet-riddled finale worthy of any decent '70s action movie.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven thriller courtesy of Don Siegel 16 Dec 2010
By The CinemaScope Cat TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The young son of a British intelligence agent (Michael Caine), who is working on breaking an arms smuggling ring, is kidnapped by the very people his father is investigating. When they demand a ransom of uncut diamonds which are held by his superiors, Caine finds they refuse to aid in the rescue of his child and it falls on his shoulders to get justice done. Directed by Don Siegel, this spy thriller is uneven. The first portion is very good what with Caine playing a variation on his Harry Palmer roles, only this time with a wife (Janet Suzman, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA) and child. It jumps the shark toward the last third when it becomes far fetched and an uninspired bang-bang conclusion. The script seems rather sloppy in the details as in when Caine remarks how his son made him take him to THE SOUND OF MUSIC four times though the boy doesn't appear to have been born when the film came out. Donald Pleasence makes for a chillingly bureaucratic MI6 head and the wonderful Delphine Seyrig is marvelous as a rather slutty kidnapper. With Clive Revill, John Vernon, Joss Ackland, Catherine Schell, Denis Quilley and Hermione Baddeley.

The Universal DVD from Great Britain is a handsome anamorphic wide screen 2.35 transfer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the black windmill
I would recommend this film to all my friends who like Michael Caine and I rate the film as fantastic
Published 2 months ago by sheila anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars very good film
another very good film by Michael caine . if your a fan then buy this dvd. 5 star film. recommended
Published 7 months ago by millercol22
2.0 out of 5 stars leisure time
All of the above purchaes were recomended by friends I always ordwe things my self rather than borrow so i can pass them along,on all the purc
Published 7 months ago by ANN RIDLER
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Windmill
It didn't quite meet expectations for Michael Caine, but was enjoyable nonetheless, it being one of his earlier roles. Would watch again.
Published 10 months ago by Richard Browne
3.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This was interesting too watch but seemed quite dated and wasn't one of the better films I have bought online
Published 14 months ago by alex david younger
3.0 out of 5 stars A great director and cast, but sadly an average movie!
With Don Siegel as the director of the Black Windmill expectations are already high. Then with a cast that includes Joss Ackland, John Vernon and a big part for the always... Read more
Published 22 months ago by j.r
3.0 out of 5 stars decent rather than brilliant
On paper this should be tremendous, Don Siegel fresh from directing directing Dirty Harry and Charley Varrick comes back to England to direct a thriller with Michael Caine. Read more
Published on 9 July 2012 by tallmanbaby
4.0 out of 5 stars There are no screen gimmicks but is more nearer to reality of a spy...
(THE FILM):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... Read more
Published on 4 April 2012 by S. F. husseiny
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Siegal Film" Hmm!
After that first pretentious credit you expect a bit more than you actually get. I agree with nearly all my fellow reviewers (except DGNB who is,of course, entitled to his... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2011 by A. W. Wilson
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