The Silent Partner (1978)
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as Miles Cullen
as Harry Reikle
as Julie Carver
as Girl in Sauna
as Safety Deposit Box Woman
as Mrs. Evanchuck
as Young Woman in Bank
as Detective No. 2
as Boy's Mother
as Little Boy
as Girl at Party
as 3rd Detective
as TV Reporter
as Bank Assistant
as Charles Packard
as Frank Bank Guard
as Det. Willard
as Mrs. Packard
Critic Reviews for The Silent Partner
An uncommonly clever and gripping suspense thriller. Even after the story threatens to self-destruct, you fight the impulse to suffer a major letdown, for the sake of the swell nerve-racking time you've been having up to that point.
Daryl Duke skillfully achieves a clever story about bank robbers. [Full Review in Spanish]
Gould's blasé demeanor is perfect for his role as a meek man who's constantly underestimated by everyone around him, while Plummer is absolutely chilling as the psychotic thief.
One of the greatest thrillers I've ever seen: it forces us to reckon with matters of conscience, morality, and our nascent capability to go down dark paths at the blink of an eye.
If only The Silent Partner had been less sexy-thriller frolics and more sexual politics, it could have been a Hitchcockian neo-noir of real interest.
Audience Reviews for The Silent Partner
Good measured heist film with a competent cast is only slightly marred by the inclusion of some unnecessary violence. Obscure film that is worth seeking out.
If I had to pick a single movie to remember Susannah York by it would be Robert Altman's little-seen but utterly brilliant Images. To be quite honest, sweet and appealing though her character is, she's kind of wasted here. However, as not many of my friends have seen it, and as it has some very interesting credits, I thought I would recommend this nifty Canadian thriller instead. It was scripted by Curtis Hanson, who would go on to direct, among other things, L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys, it features an early appearance by John Candy and its score was composed by jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. The ingenious plot has bank teller Elliott Gould pre-empting a robbery, filling his own pockets first and leaving hapless robber Christopher Plummer to take all of the blame but precious little of the loot. Predictably, Plummer, a psychopath, realises he's been duped and comes looking for the rest of 'his' money... The first half of the movie, in which Gould and Plummer play cat and mouse, repeatedly turning the tables on one another, is brilliant and gloriously entertaining; sadly, the plotting starts to wobble in the last hour and silliness creeps in. The film's fatal flaw, however, is that it cannot seem to decide how light or dark it wants to be, resulting in some jarring shifts in tone and some thoroughly gratuitous, nasty, misogynistic violence. Gould is okay but has been more charming elsewhere; Susannah York is, as I've said, good but underused; Plummer, however, hams it up a treat as the villain.
A pretty good thriller with a nice cast, but it could have been better. Most of it is actually pretty predictable, and some scenes are slow, but there are also some very good thrilling scenes too. Overall, it could be better.
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