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Silent Partner [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Elliott Gould , Christopher Plummer , Daryl Duke    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York, Céline Lomez, Michael Kirby
  • Directors: Daryl Duke
  • Writers: Curtis Hanson, Anders Bodelsen
  • Producers: Curtis Hanson, Garth H. Drabinsky, Joel B. Michaels, Stephen Young
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 3 April 2007
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,766 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Miles Cullen (Elliott Gould) is a somewhat meek, thoughtful bank clerk who turns out to have unsuspected depths of resourcefulness and questionable morality. Harry Reikle (Christopher Plummer), a bank robber, is definitely not meek. He's just as resourceful as Miles but also is a murderous psychopath with a taste for beating women. When Harry says to Miles, "One night when you come home you'll find me inside waiting and that will be the night you'll wish you'd never been born," we believe Harry means it. Miles believes it, too, and it's great, nasty fun to see how Miles deals with Harry.

It's Christmas time in Toronto and Miles is at work at his bank branch in a brand new shopping mall. Miles realizes that the jolly Santa outside may be planning to rob the bank. Miles thinks about this. When Santa finally acts a couple of days later, Miles is ready. But Miles is ready with his own plan. He cleverly palms the $50,000 in his bank tray, gives Harry chump change, and only then sets off the silent alarm. Harry barely escapes with little but the assumption from the police that he got away with $50,000. Miles places the money in one of his bank's safe deposit vaults, then plans to wait a while before quitting his job and starting over. In his own quiet way, he hopes that Julie Carver (Susannah York), who also works at the bank and is his bosses mistress, will join him. Harry, however, is smart as well as violent. He realizes what Miles did and finds out where Miles lives. And then Miles gets that phone call one night. All Harry wants is "his" money from Miles, whom he even sees as sort of a partner.

For the next hour or so we are up to our necks in a genuinely creepy and clever heist film. Miles may have been a meek kind of guy, but he's not about to give up that money.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daylight robbery 10 May 2007
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
And the award for most misleading DVD cover of the year goes to Lions Gate for The Silent Partner, which scales new heights of dishonesty in its attempts to sell this very smart 1978 Canadian thriller as a Reservoir Dogs heist movie with its image of three black-suited robbers, smoking gun in hand, striding across a US hundred dollar bill, while below even the still of a huge open bank vault is from a completely different movie. By contrast, the film is set in a small shopping mall branch of a Toronto bank which Christopher Plummer's very unpleasant solo bank robber knocks off disguised as Santa Claus only to find that Elliott Gould's clued-in bank teller has pulled a fast one on him and kept $48,000 of the $50,000 haul himself, cuing an increasingly nasty game of cat and mouse where it turns out that the much underestimated Gould's cunning is more than a match for Plummer's cruelty as the stakes constantly rise. Half victim, half apprentice, Gould's boringly inconspicuous everyman finds himself surprisingly adept at crime, taking his lead from Plummer's tactics and excelling at using them against him, and not showing much more concern over any victims that fall violently by the wayside than his tormenter/inadvertent teacher. The nastiness is there but never overplayed in Curtis Hanson's smart screenplay and Daryl Duke's confident direction avoids showing off at the expense of the story. Ingeniously gripping stuff, its well worth checking out - but perhaps not recommended for any tropical fish lovers.

No extras on the Region 1 NTSC DVD, but a decent 1.85:1 widescreen transfer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great forgotten thriller from the 70's 6 Dec 2011
This is such a good thriller...... you will never be able to watch the 'Sound of music' again without thinking that Christopher Plummer is going to cut off Julie Andrew's head!!
Just got that great 70's feel to it without being too out-dated.
Elliot Gould is very good but Christopher Plummer gives a great performance.
Definitely a recommended viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great cat-and-mouse suspense thriller 14 Oct 2010
By Marils
I am amazed that this picture is not more widely known. Not only is it a great "cat-and-mouse" suspense thriller, it also doubles as a Christmas movie. Plummer is at his arrogant and nasty best -- a perfect foil for the mild-mannered bank teller (played by Gould) who must survive by his wits after framing a violent criminal for a crime he committed (Don't worry, I did not give away the ending). A definite must see for mystery fans who like to use their "little gray cells."
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5.0 out of 5 stars elliot is brilliant 7 Mar 2014
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gripping story well acted
you will really enjoy this tense film
bet you have to watch it to the end at one
Superb climax
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5.0 out of 5 stars Took a little time to arrive but worth the wait. 17 Feb 2014
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I have been searching for this DVD for a long time before finding it on one of Amazon's partner sellers in the USA so had to wait for delivery but it was worth it. Note this is a Region 1 (USA) DVD so a multi region player is required. If you put this DVD in your PC it will switch the region and you only get 5 changes before region last used is locked into DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously nasty 70s gem 11 Jan 2014
You don't make them like this anymore !
I had an ancient Pre Cert VHS copy, which nearly snapped- so I reluctantly got rid off it.
Also I remember watching on TV in this in the 80s and I don't think it's been repeated since.
Anyway this is a very bloody movie, but it has a very good plot.
Also both Elliot Gould and Christopher Plummer are exceptional at playing each other off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic thriller
The phycological battle between the Maine characters is the sort of situation that keeps you watching I really enjoyed it
Published 7 months ago by jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film full of suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat
Excellent film full of suspense a very good story behind it full of twists and turns kept you on the edge of your seat
Published 8 months ago by mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Silent Partner
Unfortunately this DVD had to be returned as I could not watch it on my DVD player. The DVD was a US version. I have had a refund thank you.
Published 12 months ago by Hazel Carvey
5.0 out of 5 stars good copy
The product provides an easily viewed entertainment and is a reminder of the times past when we had only VHS copies.
Published 13 months ago by grindlethorp
1.0 out of 5 stars Cannot play it
I'm disappointed because it does not work on my DVD player, so therefore I have not seen it. Waste of money.
Published 14 months ago by P Holness
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good thriller
I always think of Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp in "The Sound of Music", a film I've watched once and I forget things such as "The Royal Hunt of the Sun" and "Murder by... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steve from Hastings
1.0 out of 5 stars what a disapointment!!!!!
Bought for my dad-couldnt play on his dvd or any dvd ok if you live in usa,tried to unblock,doesnt work,why sell a useless dvd amazon-very upset!!!
Published 24 months ago by sal
4.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't this on region 2 ?
I remember watching this on late night TV some 20 years ago and its remained with me ever since. Nice twist on the usual heist story line. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2011 by S. Derrick
5.0 out of 5 stars silent partner
when i first saw this film, quite a few years ago, Mr. Plummer left an indelible impression upon me. Great film, wonderful acting.
Published on 25 Oct 2010 by Mr. I.V. Creeper
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