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Director:
Writers:
Curtis Hanson (screenplay)
Anders Bodelsen (novel)
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Release Date:
30 March 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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 »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
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Cast

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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
Runtime:
106 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The amount of money that bank teller Miles Cullen (Elliott Gould) swindled out of bank-robber Harry Reikle (Christopher Plummer) was $48,350.See more »
Quotes:
Julie Carver:I don't understand you, Miles.
[long pause]
Julie Carver:And I'm not sure I want to.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in From Stereo to Video (2014) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
C'mon DowntownSee more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Find this movie!, 12 January 2005
Author: jrs-8 from Chicago

"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 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.

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