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The Black Windmill

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The Black Windmill
The Black Windmill Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Don Siegel
Release Date 1974
Studio Universal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Maj. John Tarrant Michael Caine
Cedric Harper Donald Pleasence
Sir Edward Julyan Joseph O'Conor
McKee/Drabble John Vernon
Ceil Burrows Delphine Seyrig
Alex Tarrant Janet Suzman
Pinkus George Lane Cooper

The Black Windmill is a 1974 British thriller directed by Don Siegel, based on the novel Seven Days to a Killing by Clive Egleton and starring Michael Caine as MI-6 agent John Tarrant whoes son is kidnapped. The ransom is half a million pound sterlings in uncut diamonds which is the exact amount that MI-6 prepared for funding some operation. Only special service personnel is aware of the diamonds, and Tarrant's boss Cedric Harper (Donald Pleasence) suspects that Tarrant himself staged the kidnapping.

The following weapons were used in the film The Black Windmill:


Webley .38 Mk IV

In the opening scene a fake Royal Military Policeman (John Rhys-Davies) carries a revolver in holster. The holster appears to be a Pattern 1937 which was issued for Webley .38 revolvers so Webley .38 Mk IV would be a best guess.

Webley Mk IV - .38 S&W
A grip with lanyard ring is seen.


In the scene in Paris, Drabble (John Vernon) is seen with an M1911A1-style pistol. Later he gives it to Ceil Burrows (Delphine Seyrig).

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Drabble draws a 1911.
Ceil holds the pistol.

Walther P38

In the same scene Drabble's henchman carries a Walther P38.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A little blurry but recognisable P38 is held by a henchman.

SIG P210

In the scene in MI-6 shooting range Cedric Harper (Donald Pleasence) trains with a SIG P210.

SIG P210 (1950s Manufacture) - 9x19mm
Harper holds his pistol.

Unidentified pistol

During the hunt for Tarrant in Paris a fake policeman fires an unidentified pistol.

The fake policeman holds his pistol.

Submachine Guns


In the final scene Drabble (John Vernon) and Pinkus (George Lane Cooper), one of his henchmen, are armed with MAC-10 SMGs, most likely in 9x19mm version. John Tarrant (Michael Caine) manages to disarm Pinkus and uses his MAC-10 in the final shootout.

Ingram MAC-10 open bolt submachine gun - 9x19mm

Two MAC-10s (one fitted with a sound suppressor) are seen in MI-6 shooting range.
Pinkus (George Lane Cooper) holds a MAC-10.
He drops the gun.
Unfolded stock can be seen when Tarrant rushes through the fire.
Drabble waits with MAC-10 in hands.
Flour-covered Tarrant appears from the hatch.
Tarrant fires.

Other Weapons

Firearms in MI-6 Shooting Range

Numerous handguns and long guns are briefly seen in the scene in MI-6 underground shooting range.

Numerous pistols and revolvers are seen on the green table.
A MI-6 agent trains with a Sten or Sterling SMG. Several SMGs, one of which appears to be an MP40, are seen at the background.
A sniper rifle, mounted on a tripod, is seen at the background. Numerous posters with firearms adorn the wall.
Two MAC-10s (one fitted with a sound suppressor), several Stens of unclear model, several Madsen M50s and other long guns are seen behind Harper and Tarrant.
A better view of two Madsens.
A Federal Gas Riot Gun is seen behind Tarrant.

Firing Briefcase

A Q-style briefcase with an integrated rocket launcher is a valuable plot device.

Tompkins (Paul Humpoletz) shows the briefcase to Cedric Harper and John Tarrant. The red trigger button is seen on the handle.
Tarrant readies the briefcase for his mission.

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