The Black Windmill

  • 1974
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Spy

Spotty espionage film directed by Siegel stars Caine as a secret agent whose investigation of an international smuggling ring is complicated when his son is kidnaped. Although Vernon and Seyrig play key roles in the kidnaping--the ransom being a fortune in diamonds that are in Caine's possession--suspicion is placed on Caine himself by his superior Pleasance....read more

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Spotty espionage film directed by Siegel stars Caine as a secret agent whose investigation of an international smuggling ring is complicated when his son is kidnaped. Although Vernon and Seyrig play key roles in the kidnaping--the ransom being a fortune in diamonds that are in Caine's

possession--suspicion is placed on Caine himself by his superior Pleasance. The whole situation is put under the magnifying glass by Scotland Yard investigator Revill, who does not proceed without a bit of dry humor. The good opening half of the film gives way, during some lengthy voice-over

exposition, to a bogged-down latter half, and eventually the film plods on to a less-than-satisfying ending. Disappointing effort from Siegel, although not without some interesting philosophical "hero-antihero" questions. Originally titled DRABBLE, a reference to the kidnaper's secret identity.

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  • Released: 1974
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Spotty espionage film directed by Siegel stars Caine as a secret agent whose investigation of an international smuggling ring is complicated when his son is kidnaped. Although Vernon and Seyrig play key roles in the kidnaping--the ransom being a fortune in… (more)

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