- 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000GALHI8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,951 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Black Windmill [DVD] (1974)
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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.
British secret agent Major John Tarrant (Michael Caine, Get Carter) has his son kidnapped by ruthless gunrunners who demand a batch of uncut diamonds in exchange for his son's life. As Tarrant embarks on a chilling trail of revenge, he is forced to steal the diamonds and he finds himself having to not only contend with the criminals but his colleagues too. Action director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry) takes the unusual step of making a British spy thriller. The Black Windmill is based on the book Seven Days to a Killing by Clive Eggleton and features a host of good performances by the talented cast, which includes Donald Pleasance (Halloween) as Tarrant's boss Cedric Harper.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The Universal DVD from Great Britain is a handsome anamorphic wide screen 2.35 transfer.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
The story runs with a different angle compared to the other thrillers made during the same time (1970s).
There are no screen gimmicks but is more nearer to reality of a spy life
Michael Caine,, gives a wonderfull performance as a secret agent, without showing any emotions, and will do any thing to get his son whose is kidnapped working alone in a wild journey to track down the kidnappers. He finally catches up with them in the black windmill of the title, and the action is finally reminiscent of a James Bond film
The Black Windmill was Filmed in Europe,its an interesting spy film that is gritty and at the end has Lots of physical stunts. directed by American Don Siegel the man who give us Dirty Harry,
if you loved Michael Caine in the Ipcress File you will love this Fabulous and violent British thriller
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Michael Caine is Michel Cain, so thats worth the money. But the plot is not all trueworthy.Published 4 months ago by Rolf Holmberg
michael caine does a great job in this role good storyline would recommendPublished 6 months ago by butch
Totally unknown to me before. It was interesting and entertaining, I would recommend it for Caine's fans and film noir and/or spy pictures followers.Published 6 months ago by carlos rodriguez cobo
Excellent cast in a brilliant film. I'm a real MC fan and this film is one of his best.Published 6 months ago by Mrs J
This is another of the excellent post- Harry Palmer spy thrillers made by Michael Caine,which were much more gritty and serious than his more famous creations. Read morePublished 12 months ago by michael john madine