The Silent Partner

The Silent Partner

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The Silent Partner
This still ws scanned from a set of 4 publicity photos for The Silent Partner in the Northernstars Collection.
106 minutes – Crime Drama
Release date: 1978
U.S. Release date: March 30, 1979
DVD Release date: April 3, 2007
Canadian distributor: Pan-Canadian Film Distributors
The Silent Partner is one of the few critical and commercial successes made during the tax-shelter era of Canadian film production. The script by Curtis Hanson (who later won Hollywood fame and a stack of Academy Awards for L.A. Confidential in 1998) is an unnerving blend of comedy and sudden violence. A robber (Christopher Plummer) holds up a bank, but later discovers that the teller (Elliott Gould) managed to put aside $50,000 that the police assume was stolen. Plummer’s attempts to recover the cash from Gould provide the suspense, while Gould’s attempts to bed a fellow employee (Susannah York) provide the subplot. The script is uneven at times, and Gould’s character annoyingly fatuous, but Plummer gives one of his best performances as the psychopathic thief, and the brutal murder of his girlfriend (Celine Lomez) remains one of the most violently graphic scenes in a Canadian film. Directed by Daryl Duke, it won Canadian Film Awards for Feature Film, Director, Editing, Musical Score, Sound Editing and Overall Sound.

The poster and still of Christopher Plummer were scanned from originals in the Northernstars Collection.



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Crew:
Producer: Stephen Young
Joel B. Michaels
Director:

Daryl Duke

Screenwriter:

Curtis Hanson

Cinematographer:

Billy Williams

Editor:

George Appleby

Composer:

Oscar Peterson

Cast:Roles:

Elliott Gould
Christopher Plummer
Susannah York
Céline Lomez
Michael Kirby
Sean Sullivan
John Candy
Ken Pogue
Jack Duffy
Gail Dahms
Michael Donaghue
Nancy Simmons
Nuala Fitzgerald
Charlotte Blunt
Guy Sanvido


Miles Cullen
Harry Reikle
Julie Carver
Elaine
Charles Packard
Bank Guard
Simonsen
Detective Willard
Fogelman
Louise
Berg
Girl
Woman in Bank
Mrs. Packard
Locksmith