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The Silent Partner -- THE SILENT PARTNER stars Miles Cullen (Elliott Gould) as a teller who discovers Harry Reikle's (Christopher Plummer) scheme to rob his bank. Cullen squirrels away $50,000 in a safety deposit box before Reikle strikes. The papers report the bank's loss. Reikle realizes that there's an extra $50,000. The sadistic Reikle puts the screws on Cullen to fork over the dough...but Cullen has lost the key.


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Curtis Hanson (screenplay)
Anders Bodelsen (novel)
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Release Date:
30 March 1979 (USA) See more »
A masterpiece of cunning and suspense... In a web of mounting tension, a beautiful girl is trapped and torn between two lovers, climaxing in a scene more terrifying than a nightmare! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Daryl Duke 
Writing credits
Curtis Hanson (screenplay)

Anders Bodelsen (novel "Think of a Number")

Produced by
Garth H. Drabinsky .... executive producer
Curtis Hanson .... associate producer
Joel B. Michaels .... producer
Stephen Young .... producer
Original Music by
Oscar Peterson (theme composer)
Cinematography by
Billy Williams 
Film Editing by
George Appleby 
Casting by
Karen Hazzard 
Production Design by
Trevor Williams 
Set Decoration by
Dave Deyell 
Gerry Holmes  (as Gerald Holmes)
Makeup Department
Ken Brooke .... makeup artist
Adrian Hoffman .... hairdresser
Production Management
Brenda Bonner .... assistant production manager
Liz Butterfield .... production manager
Gary Flanagan .... assistant production manager
Marilyn Stonehouse .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rossie Grose .... second assistant director
Alan Simmonds .... first assistant director
Rudy Wrench .... third assistant director
Art Department
Andres Bartels .... assistant art director
Denis Kirkham .... production laborer (as Dennis Kirkham)
Cy Langevin .... assistant props
Steve Shewchuk .... property master
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound re-recording mixer
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Michael Dandy .... assistant sound editor
Abe De Cesare .... boom swinger (as Abe de Cesare)
Glen Gauthier .... sound re-recording mixer
David Lee .... sound recordist
Bruce Nyznik .... sound editor
Peter Thillaye .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Bill Wood .... special effects (as Bill Woods)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Breeze .... gaffer
Tom Finnen .... assistant grip
Ron Gillham .... key grip
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Stephen M. Katz .... photography: second unit (as Stephen Katz)
David Lucas .... electrician
Joachim Martin .... second assistant camera (as Jock Martin)
Anthony R. Palmieri .... first assistant camera (as Anthony Palmieri)
John Russ .... dolly grip
Laszlo Szilvassy .... still photographer (as Laszlo Szilvassey)
Cliff West .... generator operator
Brian Woodroof .... electrician (as Brian Woodruff)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gayle Franklin .... assistant wardrobe (as Gayle Mcleod)
Debi Weldon .... wardrobe (as Deborah Weldon)
Editorial Department
Michael Clark .... assistant editor
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... music recording supervisor (as Len Engel)
Kenneth Wannberg .... conductor (as Ken Wannberg)
Kenneth Wannberg .... music arranger (as Ken Wannberg)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
John Cocks .... driver captain
Bill Jackson .... driver captain
Other crew
Peter Cresswell .... production assistant (as Peter Creswell)
Cyril Drabinsky .... production assistant
Natalie Drache .... script supervisor
Alice Ferrier .... production coordinator
Hal Galli .... representative: Cine Guarantor
Hannah Hempstead .... associate to producers
Mario Kassar .... presenter
Margaret Livingston .... production secretary (as Margaret A. Livingston)
Heather McIntosh .... production accountant
Linda Shapiro .... unit publicist
Andrew G. Vajna .... presenter (as Andrew Vajna)
Lisa King .... production accounts (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The American DVD for the movie arguably implies two false story-elements. First, the banknotes seen on it are USA bills but the picture is a Canadian production with Canadian notes seen in the movie. Second, three characters are dressed in black-and-white gangster-like garb implying a kind of Reservoir Dogs (1992) gang which the movie clearly does not have.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Julie Carver:I don't understand you, Miles.
[long pause]
Julie Carver:And I'm not sure I want to.
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Everything Works-- Very Tense, Very Cool, 24 March 2010
Author: ghall3-3 from Austin, TX

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 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.

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