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The Silent Partner (1978)

R  |   |  Drama, Crime, Thriller  |  30 March 1979 (USA)
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A timid bank teller anticipates a bank robbery and steals the money himself before the crook arrives. When the sadistic crook realizes he's been fooled, he tracks down the teller and engages him in a cat-and-mouse chase for the cash.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Céline Lomez ...
Michael Kirby ...
Sean Sullivan ...
Frank, Bank Guard
Ken Pogue ...
Gail Dahms-Bonine ...
Louise (as Gail Dahms)
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Jack Duffy ...
Nancy Simmonds ...
Nuala Fitzgerald ...
Guy Sanvido ...
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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. Written by Geoff Jamieson <>

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Drama | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 March 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'argent de la banque  »

Box Office


CAD 2,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Heard someone on the radio mention this film. Well worth watching.
29 December 2002 | by (North East, MD) – See all my reviews

I heard someone on a radio talk show about movies mention this film in regards to Christmas-themed movies. While not about the holiday season, it is instead an intelligent and tautly directed story of a bank teller attempting to outsmart a bank robber. Christopher Plummer is great as the robber. It's worth watching just for this alone. I've never cared much for Elliott Gould, but this role was just right for him. - Find this film if you can, and give it a go! Well worth the effort. - I found a copy on ebay, and will probably just keep it now. It's only available on VHS. Go get 'em!

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