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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:
... Miles Cullen
... Harry Reikle
... Julie Carver
... Elaine
... Charles Packard
... Frank, Bank Guard
... Detective Willard
... Simonsen
Gail Dahms-Bonine ... Louise (as Gail Dahms)
Micheal Donaghue ... Berg
Jack Duffy ... Fogelman
Nancy Simmonds ... Girl in Sauna
... Safety Deposit Box Woman
Guy Sanvido ... Locksmith
Charlotte Blunt ... Mrs. Vivian Packard
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Storyline

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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He steals, he tortures, he murders. Only he is a her ... And the 'lady' has been robbed. See more »

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Drama | Crime | Thriller

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

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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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Trivia

The name of the financial institution was the fictitious "First Bank of Toronto". See more »

Goofs

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

Harry Reikle: [threatening Miles Cullen] Give me the money, fucker.
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Connections

Remake of Tænk på et tal (1969) See more »

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C'mon Downtown
Written and Recorded by Nancy Simmonds
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"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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