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The Silent Partner (1978)

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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.

Director:

Daryl Duke

Writers:

Curtis Hanson (screenplay by), Anders Bodelsen (based on the novel "Think of a Number" by)
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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 ... Louise (as Gail Dahms)
Micheal Donaghue Micheal Donaghue ... Berg (as Michael Donaghue)
Jack Duffy ... Fogelman
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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A chilling story interwoven with comedy... sex... terror! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The bank robbery plot appears to have been taken from L'étrange Monsieur Steve (1957) or the novel upon which the 1957 film was based, La Revanche des Mediocres by the film's writer, Marcel Prêtre. 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

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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Remake of Think of a Number (1969) See more »

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C'mon Downtown
Written and Recorded by Nancy Simmonds
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A film not to be overlooked
7 June 2000 | by waldorfsaladSee all my reviews

You're in for a lot of suspense with this one, I've never understood why this movie was not more widely seen, even though it is deservedly highly-regarded. The whole cast is terrific, above all the great Elliott Gould. Curtis Hanson's screenplay offers just the right twists at just the right moments and it all adds up to a very believable story. Don't miss it!!


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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