Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Silent Partner (1978)

 4.5 / 5 Aug '09
Tagline: "The Silent Partner" begins with a crime of sheer genius and builds to a climax of sheer terror!
Directed by: Daryl Duke
Written by: Curtis Hanson, Anders Bodelsen
Actors include: Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Length: 100 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: Canada

So it may borrow a few ideas from other exciting '70s thrillers...who cares! This has got to be one of the best thrillers that Canada has to offer, it's gripping from beginning to end and the cast is fabulous. Elliott Gould plays mild mannered banker Miles Cullen, a man who accidentally finds out in advance about the mall's Santa plot to rob the bank. Instead of giving him all of the money he happens to stash the majority of it away for himself. Christopher Plummer (who I had trouble at first believing he was evil because of his kindness in The Sound of Music) plays evil store Santa who finds out he was ripped off when the radio announces how much he made off with...let's just say he's pissed off about the gyp. From there it's harassing phone calls, fish attacks and spying amongst other fun thriller happenings. I honestly liked all of it's twists and turns and it's actually just a slick thriller that just about anyone should enjoy. An extra bonus was that this was filmed in the Eaton's Center in Toronto in the '70s so the scenery was pretty neat too. Oh and the extreme violence bits were awesome, horror fans should love this too.

Availability:  On DVD

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