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The Black Windmill | 1974 | Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence

Action director Don Siegel helmed this thriller, which stars Michael Caine as a spy whose son is kidnapped by colleagues intent on gaining Caine’s assistance in rounding up a diamond-smuggling ring. Caine is forced to comply with the kidnappers; assisting him is his reluctant, estranged wife (Janet Suzman). The superb supporting cast includes Donald Pleasence and the always elegant Delphine Seyrig.

Superb character actor Donald Pleasence is probably most famous for his portrayal in The Great Escape (1963) of the prisoner of war known as The Forger; in fact, Pleasence was a real-life prisoner of war during World War II, when he served with the RAF.

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Michael Caine as Maj. John Tarrant
Donald Pleasence as Cedric Harper
Delphine Seyrig as Ceil Burrows
Clive Revill as Alf Chestermann
John Vernon as McKee
Joss Ackland as Chief Supt. Wray
Catherine Schell as Lady Melissa Julyan
Joseph O’Conor as Sir Edward Julyan
Denis Quilley as Bateson
Derek Newark as Monitoring Policeman
Edward Hardwicke as Mike McCarthy
Maureen Pryor as Jane Harper
Joyce Carey as Miss Monley
Preston Lockwood as Ilkeston
Janet Suzman as Alex Tarrant

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Director: Don Siegel

UK | 106 minutes | 1974

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