In this modern age of Big Brother, the way this bait-and-switch, caper-thriller starts is surely a product of its now superannuated time. The antiquity is also one of the film's joyous charms, since the scripting can be Hitchcockian in its twists and cheery too. The charming and laid-back moments use Gould's quirkiness, even if it’s not often nail-biting in suspense, despite Plummer's surmounting menace.
Un thriller con reminiscencias de Hitchcock (un hombre ordinario en circunstancias extraordinarias) y Patricia Highsmith (personajes moviéndose en una zona moral gris y difusa). Elliott Gould resulta carismático en su rol de astuto cajero de banco y Chris Plummer amenazante como el criminal sediento de dinero y venganza. SPOILER: El uso de la pecera como arma homicida estuvo brutal.
Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland ruled the 70's. If you were a fan, you probably won't be disappointed by this film. It's a bit of a contradiction. It's Canadian, but not very polite. Violent and with bits of nudity thrown in. John Candy has a low key role, but watch out for Plummer, who goes a bit overboard with the eyeliner. He's very pretty.
3 1/2 stars actually. Enjoyable cat and mouse bank robbery movie with Elliot Gould playing a smart thinking bank teller that realizes nasty Christopher Plummer is going to rob his place of employment. The fun starts when Plummer tries to get the money that Gould has taken that the police think Plummer has stolen. Great screenplay by Curtis Hanson too.
Is this a heist? Not really. Is this a thriller? Not really. "The Silent Partner" fails to constantly create and hold an atmosphere of excitement and suspense. Over a long distance I rather had the feeling of watching a comedy. The problem with the movie is, it is neither fish nor meat. Partially a bit boring as well.