The Silent Partner (1978)

The Silent Partner (1978)
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  • Genre: Crime
  • Release year: 1978 ()
  • Running time: 106 min
  • Original Title: The Silent Partner
  • Voted: 5610

This is an imaginative plot, yet one with which the viewer can readily identify. 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 has been outsmarted. There ensues a terrific battle of wits involving the clever but basically "moral" teller, and the cunning and totally uninhibited bank robber, which involves several other people in ways which cannot be revealed here.

1Elliott GouldMiles Cullen
2Christopher PlummerHarry Reikle
3Susannah YorkJulie Carver
4Céline LomezElaine
  • by 8/10

    Technically mediocre, but an adrenaline-fueled crime-thriller adaptedfrom Anders Bodelsen's book "Think of a Number". Bank employee ElliottGould dupes bank robber Christopher Plummer out of a small fortune,leading to a head-spinning game of cat-and-mouse. Gould and Plummerboth do career-peak work, with Plummer never more riveting (violenceturns him on, making him a dangerous, bloodthirsty cat). The film'sR-rated mayhem may be over-the-top, but the movie is never off-puttingand director Daryl Duke, working from Curtis Hanson's screenplay,nearly keeps it on track the entire way. Duke mounts the proceedingswith flair, accentuating the coal-black humor inherent in the tensionfor a terrifically lively effect. Engrossing picture was unjustly sweptunder the carpet in 1978, but has more excitement than most big-budgetfilms in this genre. Watch out! ***1/2 from ****

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    Anders Bodelson's Danish novel "Think of a Number" has been transplanted toToronto, intelligently updated by screenwriter Curtis Hanson, and directedby Daryl Duke in brilliant fashion. What makes this film so special, Ithink, is that you wind up rooting for Elliot Gould, a bank teller turnedthief, to best Christopher Plummer, a sadistic bank robbery, even thoughGould's character is basically amoral. This is that rare thriller thatworks on every level. The plotting feels free of contrivance, Gould andPlummer have never been better, chilly Toronto looks spectacular, andthere's a wonderfully evocative, jazzy soundtrack by pianist Oscar Peterson.

    Coming as it did out of Canada in 1978, this film, despite its high quality,was almost immediately forgotten, but it is surely deserving of rediscovery. Check it out. It's one of the very best thrillers you'll eversee.

  • by 10/10

    "The Silent Partner" is one of the best films you have probably neverheard of. It had a very brief theatrical run in 1979 and I was luckyenough to see it during the one week it was in my town. I, along withthe few brave others in attendance, were blown away. This is the onlytime I have ever seen just a handful of people in a movie and at theend 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 thebank. Gould finds this out (How? I will leave you to discover that foryourself) and soon Plummer knows that Gould knows thus Gould becomesPlummer's silent partner and a game of cat and mouse ensues. But thereis much, much more to this intense thriller and it is better for me toleave it unsaid.

    Susannah York has a nice supporting role as Gould's would be girlfriendand she looks just great.

    I only have one complaint and that is there are two scenes involvingPlummer that are shockingly violent. We know Plummer is a bad guy afterthe first act of violence. Did we really need to see the second (whichis far more graphic and brutal)? I found this film on video about 15years ago and watched it again and loved it just as much. I haven'tseen it since. If you are a fan of thrillers then this is one of thebest and I urge you to search far and wide to find it. You won't bedisappointed.

  • by 8/10

    Director Daryl Duke makes a very taut thriller here about a figurativechess 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 ofthem on phones - one upstairs and the other in a phone booth. Thetension created has roller-coaster effects through much of the film tosee what the next move is for each character. I was riveted throughmuch of it. Added in for some extra measure are various love liaisonsfor Gould and lots of depth given to the main characters. Gould does avery good job carrying off a very difficult role as a man who is quiet,overlooked, and introspective. Plummer is his equal as a maniacalkiller/thief who knows how to play cat and mouse. The film has severalmemorable scenes: the ending in the mall was just fantastic as were allthe scenes shot in Gould's apartment. Susannah York gives an integralperformance as a co-worker at the bank. The director gives this ratherpedestrian material lots of life, though the film obviously is aproduct of the 70s with way too much nudity for a film like this. Justabout every woman in the movies goes bare-chested at some point(notthat I am complaining mind you). If you are looking for a real edge ofyour seater then the Canadian production The Silent Partner might justbe what you need to see.

  • by 9/10

    If you like your bad guys evil and believable, see Christopher Plummer dohis thing in this entertaining film. The plot is very well conceived andthesetting in Toronto is perfect. A word of warning to the sensitive -- watchout for a very attractive woman's encounter with a fishtank.

1Oscar Petersoncomposer
2Daryl Dukedirector
3Joel B. Michaelsproducer
4Stephen Youngproducer
5Curtis Hansonwriter
6Anders Bodelsenwriter