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The Silent Partner (1978)

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:
Michael Kirby ...
Charles Packard
Frank, Bank Guard
Detective Willard
Gail Dahms-Bonine ...
Louise (as Gail Dahms)
Micheal Donaghue ...
Jack Duffy ...
Nancy Simmonds ...
Girl in Sauna
Safety Deposit Box Woman
Guy Sanvido ...
Charlotte Blunt ...
Mrs. Vivian Packard


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 <GJamieso@vitgnos1.telecom.com.au>

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A chilling story interwoven with comedy... sex... terror! See more »


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  »


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CAD 2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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First film to be produced by Carolco Pictures (Carolco Entertainment). See more »


The bank robber flees and steals a car from someone that is tying a Christmas tree to the roof of it. The bank robber drives away, throwing the car owner on the wet pavement. But, before that, you can see that the seat of his pants are already wet, proving they did the stunt more than once. See more »


Miles Cullen: I feel as though I know you very well.
Harry Reikle: Then you know I'm ready to kill you.
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Sleeper crime thriller -- an 8.
13 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

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, LA Confidential) wrote this one 22 years ago!

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