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Plot: A bank teller is held up at gun point in his bank. Luckily for him he receives a clue that this is going to occur and diverts most of the cash into his own safety deposit box, leaving only a nominal amount for the crook. The ruse works well, but for the fact that the crook resents the fact that he… Runtime: 106 min Release Date: 07 Sep 1978
"The Silent Partner" is one of the best films you have probably never heard of. It had a very brief theatrical run in 1979 and I was lucky enough to see it during the one week it was in my town. I, along with the few brave others in attendance, were blown away. This is the only time I have ever seen just a handful of people in a movie and at the end we all applauded. It's that good.Elliot Gould plays a bank teller in a mall during Christmas time. Christopher Plummer plays the mall Santa who is planning to rob the bank. Gould finds this out How? I will leave you to discover that <more>
for yourself and soon Plummer knows that Gould knows thus Gould becomes Plummer's silent partner and a game of cat and mouse ensues. But there is much, much more to this intense thriller and it is better for me to leave it unsaid.Susannah York has a nice supporting role as Gould's would be girlfriend and she looks just great.I only have one complaint and that is there are two scenes involving Plummer that are shockingly violent. We know Plummer is a bad guy after the first act of violence. Did we really need to see the second which is far more graphic and brutal ? I found this film on video about 15 years ago and watched it again and loved it just as much. I haven't seen it since. If you are a fan of thrillers then this is one of the best and I urge you to search far and wide to find it. You won't be disappointed.
A boring bank teller, tropical fish are his excitement knowing the bank is to be robbed, stashes the money for himself, leaving the psychotic thief pissed off. What follows is an enjoyable, tense, cat and mouse game between the two. The film is superbly acted by Elliot Gould as the teller Christopher Plummer as the thief and Susannah York as Gould's confused co-worker. The score by the great Oscar Peterson is both beautiful and haunting. Best of all is the script penned by Curtis Hanson. Listen carefully and you will hear that nearly every bit of dialogue becomes ironic. All in all, one <more>
Should be on the top 100 greatest movies ever made. One of my favorite parts is when Christopher Plummer opens the mail slot to reveal what my wife calls "very scary eyes". Miles Cullen Gould appears at first to be a bank nerd, but then fools Reickle Plummer at every turn. I especially like it when he turns the tables on the girlfriend. I have the tape and watch it every once in a while, and never get bored of it.
Clever story with a great bad guy! (by jbitt)
If you like your bad guys evil and believable, see Christopher Plummer do his thing in this entertaining film. The plot is very well conceived and the setting in Toronto is perfect. A word of warning to the sensitive -- watch out for a very attractive woman's encounter with a fish tank.
Everything Works-- Very Tense, Very Cool (by ghall3-3)
I saw this movie when it was in the theater originally. I remembered liking it a great deal and had looked for it for a long time. Although I remembered it as being excellent, I was 17 when I saw it originally, and probably drunk. I wasn't sure I would like it nearly as well when I was 47 and sober.I was very pleasantly surprised. Eliot Gould doesn't work for me all that often. Seems like he is unbelievable/miscast in most roles. This role is perfect for him and he does a great job. The only thing wrong with Christopher Plumber Plummer?? I can't spell is that he hasn't <more>
really gotten that many good roles. He has a great role in "The Silent Partner" and he swings hard and connects fully. He is completely believable and his eerie character is highly memorable.I can't think of many movies that I consider true "sleepers"-- movies that are vastly better than you would think given the lack of public attention or critical acclaim. "The Silent Partner" is on that short list. In a way it kind of reminds me of two other movies on my very short "sleeper" list-- "Blood Simple" and "Miller's Crossing." Tough to call any Coen Bros. movie a sleeper, but those got way, way less acclaim than they deserved. The Silent Partner has a similar kind of eerie intrigue to those movies. It is more similar to Blood Simple than Miller's Crossing. The plot and characters in Miller's Crossing were pushed to the point of hyperbole--and that line was kept the whole movie, but never crossed to the point of eroding the suspense. But, The Silent Partner displays many of the same virtues Blood Simple and Miller's Crossing have. It cracks into my top 50 movies. If you watch it on DVD, treat it like you are at the theater-- dark room, no interruptions, etc. It would be a waste not to.
"The Silent Partner" is a Canadian film and shows that the Canadian film industry of the 1970's possessed some major talent.Like all English-speaking film industries, the Canadians have to compete with the 300-pound gorilla in the room, Hollywood. Of course, being right next-door, the Canadians probably have the toughest job in creating cinema that reflects their national identity, and which doesn't just blend in with the US product. However, their films do have a unique vibe that Canadians may not recognize as easily as an outsider can.These days, we see quite a lot of <more>
Canadian material on cable in Australia and you can tell that it is Canadian even without seeing flags, police uniforms, or hearing the word 'about' pronounced as 'aboot'. After watching hundreds of American films, you can easily sense the change in locale."The Silent Partner" is a clever and stylish movie that would stand out in any cinematic company, although it doesn't seem to get too many mentions in overviews of the Canadian Film Industry.Elliott Gould plays Miles Cullen, a bank teller who at bank closing time discovers a note that tips him off that the bank will be robbed the next day. Dissatisfied with his job and pretty much his life, he hatches a plan.When the robbery takes place, Miles gives the robber a token amount of money, and causes him to flee when he trips the alarm. However, he has kept aside nearly $50,000 for himself. He then reports the total amount as stolen by the robber.The only other person who knows what he did is the perpetrator. In a truly edgy performance, Christopher Plummer plays bank robber, Harry Reikle, who is not only a thief but also a sadistic psychopath – he comes looking for the rest of the money, and he and Miles play out a deadly game of cat and mouse.The film has a fascinating cast including Susannah York who plays a co-worker with whom Miles has an on again, off again relationship, and John Candy in an early non-comedy role as a young colleague at the bank. And then there is Celine Lomez, an actress who was considered too sexy to be one of the leads in TV's "Charlie's Angels" – a backhanded compliment if ever there was one. She plays Elaine with whom Miles has an affair before discovering that she is not all that she seems.As the story unfolds we find that Miles is made of stern stuff and doesn't give ground easily, which only makes Harry more excessive in the pursuit of the money.The film ends as cleverly as it started, but not before one of Miles' beloved tropical fish is pinned to the wall with a knife and a human head ends up in the fish tank. "The Silent Partner" also features a sequence worthy of Hitchcock at his best when Miles must dispose of a body deposited on him courtesy of Harry."The Silent Partner" hasn't dated much at all, and is still one of the cleverest crime dramas you'll ever see. Although the film did well in Canada at the time, it failed to find an audience in the US, but one American critic rightly hailed it as " one of the best sleepers of the late '70s". It's still a great little discovery to make today.
Technically mediocre, but an adrenaline-fueled crime-thriller adapted from Anders Bodelsen's book "Think of a Number". Bank employee Elliott Gould dupes bank robber Christopher Plummer out of a small fortune, leading to a head-spinning game of cat-and-mouse. Gould and Plummer both do career-peak work, with Plummer never more riveting violence turns him on, making him a dangerous, bloodthirsty cat . The film's R-rated mayhem may be over-the-top, but the movie is never off-putting and director Daryl Duke, working from Curtis Hanson's screenplay, nearly keeps it on track <more>
the entire way. Duke mounts the proceedings with flair, accentuating the coal-black humor inherent in the tension for a terrifically lively effect. Engrossing picture was unjustly swept under the carpet in 1978, but has more excitement than most big-budget films in this genre. Watch out! ***1/2 from ****
I first saw this movie about 15 years ago and watched it again the other night. What I once considered a very good film I now consider a borderline great film due to how movies in general keep regressing. It was so nice to see a movie with adult protagonists and a well-written, clever script that doesn't resort to explosions and mindless action stunts to cater to the MTV crowd.I won't give anything away at all -- if you like clever, twisty thrillers like The Usual Suspects, then check this one out. The acting is excellent and the script is too. Note that Curtis Hanson Bedroom Window, <more>
Director Daryl Duke makes a very taut thriller here about a figurative chess game between Elliot Gould, a bank teller who stole in excess of $48,000, and Christopher Plummer the real thief who gets outwitted. Gould and Plummer have some remarkable scenes between them - most of them on phones - one upstairs and the other in a phone booth. The tension created has roller-coaster effects through much of the film to see what the next move is for each character. I was riveted through much of it. Added in for some extra measure are various love liaisons for Gould and lots of depth given to the main <more>
characters. Gould does a very good job carrying off a very difficult role as a man who is quiet, overlooked, and introspective. Plummer is his equal as a maniacal killer/thief who knows how to play cat and mouse. The film has several memorable scenes: the ending in the mall was just fantastic as were all the scenes shot in Gould's apartment. Susannah York gives an integral performance as a co-worker at the bank. The director gives this rather pedestrian material lots of life, though the film obviously is a product of the 70s with way too much nudity for a film like this. Just about every woman in the movies goes bare-chested at some point not that I am complaining mind you . If you are looking for a real edge of your seater then the Canadian production The Silent Partner might just be what you need to see.