The Black Windmill

  • 12
  • Don Siegel (1974)
  • UK
  • 101 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This disappointing thriller from Dirty Harry director Don Siegel stars Michael Caine as an agent whose son is kidnapped by a mysterious military organisation which demands diamonds in return for his release. Like all good heroes from John Buchan's Richard Hannay onwards, Caine finds himself the number one suspect and thus spends as much time keeping out of the clutches of the law as he does tracking down the real culprits. The plot is over-thickened with cat-and-mouse sequences and Siegel's acclaimed naturalistic style is intrusive here, but the performances are fine, especially those of Donald Pleasence and the star of Last Year at Marienbad, Delphine Seyrig.

Plot Summary

Spy thriller starring Michael Caine. While on a secret mission, agent John Tarrant learns that his son has been kidnapped, but is then suspected of treachery when the ransom is received.

Cast and crew


Major John Tarrant
Michael Caine
Cedric Harper
Donald Pleasence
John Vernon
Alex Tarrant
Janet Suzman
Ceil Burrows
Delphine Seyrig
Chief Superintendent Wray
Joss Ackland
Sir Edward Julyan
Joseph O'Conor
Alf Chestermann
Clive Revill
Hermione Baddeley
Mike McCarthy
Edward Hardwicke
Lady Melissa Julyan
Catherine Schell
Thickset MI5 man
David Daker
Denis Quilley
David Tarrant
Paul Moss
James Stroud
Mark Praid


Don Siegel

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Cinema International Corp. UK
May be edited for swearing and violence.
Available on DVD
Certificate 12