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4.0 out of 5 stars Daylight robbery, 10 May 2007
This review is from: Silent Partner [DVD] [1978] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 23 Oct 2011 19:43:07 BDT
I saw this as a child in the early 1980s and knew it starred both Christopher Plummer and Elliot Gould but couldn't remember much of it and had no idea what the title was. I do remember it being kind of creepy though, but thanks for mentioning the tropical fish as I now know for certain that this is definitely the film I saw.
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