Cinema: Quick Cuts

THE BLACK WINDMILL. At the beginning of this odd, superior little thriller, a British intelligence agent (played with impeccable sangfroid by Michael Caine) discovers that his son has been kidnaped. The ransom demand is well over a million dollars worth of uncut diamonds—exactly the amount that Caine's intelligence unit was about to use to counter an arms-smuggling plot. The fact that the kidnapers know precisely what sum to ask for means there has been a leak at the highest level of security.

The first half of The Black Windmill, which brings Caine up against...

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