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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Miles Cullen
... Harry Reikle
... Julie Carver
... Elaine
Michael Kirby ... 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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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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A chilling story interwoven with comedy... sex... terror! 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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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 »

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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 »

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Harry Reikle: I'm just going to give you a little time... to try to be reasonable. If you decide you're not going to be reasonable, then one night when you come home, you'll find me *inside*, waiting for you. And that will be the night you'll wish you'd never been born.
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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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An incredible, crackling yarn - yet no DVD?!
28 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

A razor-sharp suspense drama with plenty of nifty, nasty surprises.

Gould gives one of his top performances, and Christopher Plummer is a revelation: you'll never look on him as the stalwart Herr Von Trapp again as he turns in one of the most cold-blooded sociopathic performances ever committed to celluloid. (Yeah - right up there with Robert Mitchum's Max Cady in Cape Fear.)

And yes – this does have some moments of honest-to-God, shockingly intense violence (it sure ain't no chick-flick ;-)

But for my money – IF SOME CHOWDERHEADS WOULD RELEASE IT ON DVD, ANYWAY – this is one of best suspense dramas in the past 30 years, much in the league of films like Point Blank and Charley Varrick.

Don't miss this one.


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