The Silent Partner (1978) HD online
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Elliott Gould||-||Miles Cullen|
|Michael Kirby||-||Charles Packard|
|Sean Sullivan||-||Bank Guard|
|Ken Pogue||-||Detective Willard|
|Gail Dahms-Bonine||-||Louise (as Gail Dahms)|
|Nancy Simmonds||-||Girl in Sauna|
|Nuala Fitzgerald||-||Safety Deposit Box Woman|
|Charlotte Blunt||-||Mrs. Packard|
The only ever dramatic theatrical feature film to be scored by Jazz pianist and composer Oscar Peterson.
One of the first Canadian films to be developed and financed by the Canadian government's "Capital Cost Allowance" program, controversial for being a tax shelter scheme.
The main location for this movie, shown in the opening shot, is the Toronto Eaton Centre. It was built shortly before the movie was shot.
Thriller writer Curtis Hanson's first successful suspense movie. Hanson would go on to write and/or direct such thrillers as L.A. Confidential (1997), The Bedroom Window (1987) and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992).
When the security guard unlocks the entrance to the bank at the end of the movie, Tony Rosato (SCTV, SNL) can be seen amongst the waiting extras (and grinning to camera).
Star Elliott Gould held a private screening for legendary suspense-thriller director Alfred Hitchcock who apparently loved it.
The American DVD for the movie arguably implies two false story-elements. First, the banknotes seen on it are USA bills but the picture is a Canadian production with Canadian notes seen in the movie. Second, three characters are dressed in black-and-white gangster-like garb implying a kind of Reservoir Dogs (1992) gang which the movie clearly does not have.
The name of the black-and-yellow colored rare species of fish that Miles Cullen (Elliott Gould) bought was a "Holocanthus Tricolor" which is more commonly known as a "Rock Beauty"or "Butterfly Fish".
The film was nominated for several Canadian Film Awards and won six: Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Musical Score, Best Sound Editing and Best Overall Sound.
The picture was filmed entirely in Toronto, Canada.
The bank robbery plot appears to have been taken from the film L'Etrange Monsieur Steve (1957) or the novel upon which the 1957 film was based, La Revanche des Mediocres by the film's writer, Marcel-Georges Pretre.
The DVD sleeve notes declare that the movie "features John Candy in an early film role".
This movie was made and released about ten years after its source novel "Tænk på et tal" (which translates into English as "Think of a Number") by author Anders Bodelsen was first published in 1968. The film was made about nine years after the first filmed version of that novel, Tænk på et tal (1969) was made and released in 1969. This picture is the second and final (to date, April 2012) version of this novel.
First film to be produced by Carolco Pictures (Carolco Entertainment).
The picture's story-element of a heist at Christmas time formed the background for the first few films in the "Die Hard" film franchise.
Elliott Gould's character Miles Cullen hides the money in a Superman lunch box. Co-star Susannah York played Superman's mother in the first two Superman movies, Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980).
Some movie posters for the film featured a text preamble that read: "A masterpiece of cunning and suspense . . . In a web of mounting tension, a beautiful girl is trapped and torn between two lovers, climaxing in a scene more terrifying than a nightmare! A chilling story interwoven with comedy... sex... terror!".
This movie is considered a Canuxploitation (Canadian exploitation) movie.
The amount of money that bank teller Miles Cullen (Elliott Gould) swindled out of bank-robber Harry Reikle (Christopher Plummer) was $48,350.
Star billing: Elliott Gould was top billed first, Christopher Plummer received second billing, Susannah York was billed third with Céline Lomez being billed fourth.
The name of the financial institution was the fictitious "First Bank of Toronto".
The film was controversial for its grisly murder involving the jagged edge of a glass aquarium. This sequence has been said to be one of the most graphically violent scenes in a Canadian movie and contributed to the pictures various 18+ censorship classifications around the world.
At one point Christopher Plummer is seen in drag in this film.