The Silent Partner

Overview

The Canadian "sleeper" The Silent Partner stars Elliott Gould as a teller, Miles Cullen, who figures out psycho Harry Reikle's Christopher Plummer scheme to rob his bank, several days ahead of time. Cullen providently squirrels away 50,000 dollars in a safety-deposit box before Reikle strikes. After the robbery, the papers report the amount of the bank's loss. Reikle realizes that there's 50,000 extra bucks floating around that he hasn't gotten his hands on. The soft-spoken but sadistic Reikle puts the screws on ...
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Overview

The Canadian "sleeper" The Silent Partner stars Elliott Gould as a teller, Miles Cullen, who figures out psycho Harry Reikle's Christopher Plummer scheme to rob his bank, several days ahead of time. Cullen providently squirrels away 50,000 dollars in a safety-deposit box before Reikle strikes. After the robbery, the papers report the amount of the bank's loss. Reikle realizes that there's 50,000 extra bucks floating around that he hasn't gotten his hands on. The soft-spoken but sadistic Reikle puts the screws on Cullen to fork over the dough -- but Cullen has lost the deposit-box key. Be forewarned: this one gets extremely brutal and bloody at times, with sudden bursts of graphic violence. Also featured is Susannah York as the fluctuating-loyalty heroine, and a very young and hairy John Candy. Future L.A. Confidential scribe Curtis Hanson loosely adapted the Danish novel Think of a Number, by Anders Bodelsen.
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Special Features

16x9 widescreen; Dolby monaural audio; English closed captioned; Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Before Curtis Hanson's success as a director in the 1990s, he was known mostly for a handful of well-respected, edgy screenplays. Adapted from a novel by Anders Bodelsen, the cerebral thriller The Silent Partner was little-seen upon release, but in hindsight, it stands out as one of the best sleepers of the late '70s. Directed by Canadian filmmaker Daryl Duke, Partner gets a lot of mileage from its star, Elliott Gould, who is at his laconic best as the surprisingly smooth bank teller. Similar to his distanced performance in Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, Gould subtly plays an everyman struggling to regain control of his life, on his own terms. In his role as an enraged bank robber, Christopher Plummer brings an unexpected menace to the film. Hanson would go on to write 1982's highly controversial Sam Fuller film White Dog and 1983's Never Cry Wolf before hitting box-office gold with The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • UPC: 012236211716
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,581

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elliott Gould Miles Cullen
Christopher Plummer Harry Reikle
Susannah York Julie Carver
Celine Lomez Elaine
John Candy Simonsen
Gail Dahms Louise
Michael Donahue Berg
Jack Duffy Fogelman
Nancy Simmonds Girl in Sauna
Nuala Fitzgerald Safety Deposit Box Woman
Aino Pirskanen Mrs. Evanchuck
Michele Rosen Young Woman in Bank
Sandy Crawley Detective No. 2
Jan Campbell Boy's Mother
Jimmy Davidson Little Boy
Eve Norman Girl at Party
John Kerr 3rd Detective
Sue Lumsden TV Reporter
Candace O'Connor Bank Assistant
Stephen Levy Freddie
Charlotte Blunt Mrs. Packard
Michael Kirby Charles Packard
Ken Pogue Det. Willard
Guy Sanvido Locksmith
Sean Sullivan Frank, Bank Guard
Technical Credits
Daryl Duke Director
George Appleby Editor
Garth H. Drabinsky Executive Producer, Producer
Curtis Hanson Screenwriter
Joel B. Michaels Producer
Oscar Peterson Score Composer
Nancy Simmonds Songwriter
Ken Wannberg Score Composer
Billy Williams Cinematographer
Trevor Williams Production Designer
Stephen Young Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Silent Partner
1. Opening Credits [6:42]
2. Home Alone [4:54]
3. Lunchbox [6:02]
4. Mugshots [5:26]
5. Pat on the Back [4:46]
6. Julie's Apartment [4:42]
7. After the Party [7:11]
8. Forced Partnership [5:06]
9. Ransacked [5:08]
10. Setup [3:44]
11. Funeral [4:38]
12. Chance Encounter [3:54]
13. A Wedding [6:31]
14. Jail Visit [4:55]
15. Waiting for a Locksmith [5:04]
16. Trust [6:57]
17. Chilling Surprise [4:34]
18. Body Disposal [3:42]
19. Withdrawl [9:36]
20. End Credits [1:52]
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