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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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Daryl Duke

Writers:

Curtis Hanson (screenplay), Anders Bodelsen (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Miles Cullen
Christopher Plummer ... Reikle
Susannah York ... Julie
Céline Lomez ... Elaine
Michael Kirby ... Charles Packard
Sean Sullivan ... Bank Guard
Ken Pogue ... Detective Willard
John Candy ... Simonsen
Gail Dahms-Bonine Gail Dahms-Bonine ... Louise (as Gail Dahms)
Micheal Donaghue Micheal Donaghue ... Berg
Jack Duffy Jack Duffy ... Fogelman
Nancy Simmonds Nancy Simmonds ... Girl in Sauna
Nuala Fitzgerald ... Safety Deposit Box Woman
Guy Sanvido Guy Sanvido ... Locksmith
Charlotte Blunt Charlotte Blunt ... Mrs. Packard
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Storyline

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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It's not about the money. It's about revenge. See more »

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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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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'argent de la banque See more »

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Budget:

CAD2,500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Carolco Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The name of the black-and-yellow colored rare species of fish that Miles Cullen (Elliott Gould) bought was a "Holocanthus Tricolor" which is more commonly known as a "Rock Beauty"or "Butterfly Fish". See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Miles Cullen: Sometimes it's better if you just like someone, nothing more than that.
Elaine: Like someone and have... a little something in common.
Miles Cullen: Like money?
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C'mon Downtown
Written and Recorded by Nancy Simmonds
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Recluse bank teller vs. an utter sociopath
1 December 2008 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

Recluse bank teller Gould spots a robbery in the making when he eyes a creepy mall Santa carefully planning his heist. Rather than alerting the authorities he decides to one-up the robber by stashing a hefty sum in his lunch box and only handing over a portion of it to the robber. Then begins a cat and mouse game between the teller and the psychotic robber.

Despite being a wonderful time capsule in showing the 70's decadent lifestyle, this little suspense film serves up the goods in many respects. The tight and incredibly inventive script, deliberate pacing and some show stopping moments (including one particularly nasty scene) ensure "The Silent Partner" is a real keeper.

Gould does well in the lead, delivering his usual relaxed performance but Plummer is the real winner here. Here he creates a truly disturbing sociopath who really gets under your skin.

As said, the script be Curtis Hanson is top notch. The Gould/Plummer duel is excellent and the fairly plot ridden story is tightly written, although some twists were fairly obvious.


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