The Silent Partner

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A bank teller (Elliott Gould) skims $50,000 for himself during a robbery, and a Santa Claus crook (Christopher Plummer) wants it back.

Cast & Crew

Elliott Gould
Miles Cullen
Susannah York
Julie Carver
Michael Kirby
Charles Packard
Ken Pogue
Detective Willard
Micheal Donoghue
Berg
Jack Duffy
Fogelman
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  • Dec 26, 2020
    Elliott Gould in his prime with a nicely paced script by Curtis Hanson. The direction by Daryl Duke is perfect for the material. The two female leads, Susannah York and Celine Lomez, deliver sexy, smart performances. The film is capped off with a score by Oscar Peterson!
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2012
    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.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2008
    If I had to pick a single movie to remember Susannah York by it would be Robert Altman's little-seen but utterly brilliant <I>Images</I>. 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, <I>L.A. Confidential</I> and <I>Wonder Boys</I>, 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.
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