The Black Windmill

The Black Windmill

Don Siegel (1974)

A Certificate


Our Score
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.


An international arms syndicate kidnaps the son of a secret service agent investigating its activities, and demands a ransom in diamonds for his freedom. When the agent realises his fellow intelligence officers are not to be trusted, he sets out on a lone mission to find the boy. Spy thriller, starring Michael Caine, John Vernon, Janet Suzman, Donald Pleasence, Delphine Seyrig and Joss Ackland.

Cast & Crew

Major John Tarrant Michael Caine
Cedric Harper Donald Pleasence
McKee 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
Hetty Hermione Baddeley
Mike McCarthy Edward Hardwicke
Lady Melissa Julyan Catherine Schell
Thickset MI5 man David Daker
Bateson Denis Quilley
David Tarrant Paul Moss
James Stroud Mark Praid
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Cinema International Corp. UKGuidance: May be edited for swearing and violence.Available on: DVD